These populations make up 96 percent of people on Medicaid in Texas. "That's exactly where we are right now". And the third is separate legislation that would do things Republicans have been advocating for many years, such as imposing caps on medical malpractice damages and selling health insurance across state lines.
In a joint letter sent Thursday to the leaders of the House and Senate, the governors of Ohio, Michigan, Nevada and Arkansas argued that the "current version" of the American Health Care Act in the House hurts states.
"When you have a president of another party you can freelance all you want to but now we have an actual chance to change the country", said McConnell, R-Ky., speaking at a breakfast hosted by Politico. "We need to keep our word". Democrats have defended the current law and reject repeal. "It is our obligation to do that".
President Donald Trump said more Republicans back the House's healthcare plan after "certain changes" were made during a meeting with members of a committee Friday.
The speaker has a point.
"The debate that is forming will allow conservatives to enhance and improve what has been proposed", he said, "and I think this could represent a win for patients, health care providers and the taxpayer alike".
Health care coverage and affordability are critical priorities. There's still a long way to go before this fight is over.
"I have worked on Medicaid and uninsured and health care access issues in Texas for well over 20 years", she chuckles.
One troubling sign for Republicans is just how uncoordinated, and sometimes conflicting, their messages are to their members and the public.
"I don't see this bill as doing anything other than causing decline in both physical health and financial health for a large chunk of the USA population", he said. They won't vote, no matter what we do, they're not going to vote. Some Republicans, along with conservative groups such as the American Enterprise Institute and the Heritage Foundation's lobbying arm, oppose the measure. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said his party has to act, but he's concerned that middle-aged and older adults will have to pay more under the House bill. House leaders discussed other amendments calibrated to round up votes and scheduled a showdown vote Thursday.
Across the Capitol, Sen.
Senator John Thune of South Dakota, a member of the Republican leadership, said Senate Republicans could take steps to make the bill "more helpful to people on the lower end".
"They won't have the votes unless they change it" further, Meadows said.
Friday morning health secretary Tom Price is scheduled to meet with the restive House Republican caucus. White House spokesman Sean Spicer insists the president is all-in, as do Pence, Ryan and Price.
But the Congressional Budget Office projected that these credits do little to offset massive premium increases for lower-income seniors under the new bill.
What would happen to the rate of uninsured?The state's junior senator, Rand Paul, is nearly certain to vote against the health care bill if it comes up for a vote.
The Medicaid issue has made moderates in Congress tired about voting for the plan.
"The major components are staying intact because this is something we wrote with President Trump", Ryan said.