(Story updated at 3:54 p.m. ET) In the latest leaked draft of their healthcare plan, House Republicans propose to cut off premium tax credits for wealthier Americans.
Sen. Rand Paul, MD, R-Ky., is on the hunt for the elusive House draft health bill - and he's bringing along a portable copy machine in case he finds it.
Leaders have to please both conservatives and moderates because they can not depend on Democrats to pick up any slack, creating a delicate balance to prevent loss of any one of their constituencies en masse.
We are saying, 'Let's repeal it, let's put the same legislation on President [Donald] Trump's desk that we put on President Obama's desk, and then let's replace Obamacare with a patient-centered, family-centered, doctor-centered plan, ' not what we have now, which is Washington in control. The bill is being worked on through the Energy and Commerce committee. He referred to these as "democrat ideas dressed up in Republican clothing", and is now referring to the draft bill as "Obamacare Lite". Obamacare linked the federal subsidies that health-care consumers get to people's incomes.
Meadows said he supports the efforts of his colleagues for repeal, tweeting Monday that "every tax, every mandate, every regulation of #Obamacare needs to go".
But Trump's continued popularity on the right puts these conservatives in a tough spot. should the president more fully embrace the emerging House plan. It still would phase out the ACA's Medicaid expansion to low-income adults.
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"Who would have thought, one month into the fight over the ACA, it's the Republicans, not the Democrats, who are in disarray and pointing at one another like an Abbott and Costello show", said Schumer.
But there are limits to what actually can be changed.
"Conservatives have voiced concern over what they see as a lack of transparency in the process of fulfilling President Trump's vow to" repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act. "If Washington Republicans thought their plan would get praise, they'd let in the cameras". "I call on House leaders to do the same", Sen. House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady was in the room, but the Texas Republican said the bill wasn't.
"So right now members can do what they're going to do, but that time for fun will end soon and members will be forced to make a very hard decision very quickly", the aide added.
"We must create a level playing field for American companies and our workers". Moderates interpreted Trump's reference to tax credits as a sign that he favors their plan to keep several popular elements of Obamacare while replacing its incentive structure with a more conservative alternative.
House Republicans aren't backing down from their Obamacare repeal plan that sparked backlash from the party's conservative wing. "I think this strategy's a real poor one and I've already told them, I'm not voting for a new entitlement program".