Paul Ryan downplays idea of House voting again on health care bill

Paul Ryan downplays idea of House voting again on health care bill

The lies about the new Affordable Health Care Act (AHCA) were prolific and bold. But there were some big changes to the final version that add some uncertainty. Raul Labrador was booed loudly when he told a whopper at a town hall meeting shortly after the vote, saying that "Nobody dies because they don't have access to health care". Denham was one of the House Republicans who ended up voting for the measure, after earlier in the week opposing it.

"Unaware", said Representative Jeff Denham of California, with noticeable surprise Thursday, when advised that his party leaders still hadn't sent the bill over to the Senate. Like what you're reading?

House Speaker Paul Ryan hasn't yet sent the bill to the Senate because there's a chance that parts of it may need to be redone, depending on how the Congressional Budget Office estimates its effects.

However, the bill has changed considerably. Was this the plan all along, to pass the bill with no CBO score while guarding against the possibility that the score would doom the bill?

The vote frustrated some moderate Republicans, who warned it could force them to negotiate with conservatives on a package that combined smaller tax increases with spending cuts. Northern Nevada's own Rep. Mark Amodei flipped from opposing the bill to supporting it during the 24 hours before the vote, succumbing to pressure or promises from the president and vice president.

But the best representation of how misleading this spin about the insignificance of a final CBO score was? House leaders want to make sure the bill conforms with Senate rules for reconciliation, a mechanism that allows Senate Republicans to pass the bill with a simple majority. One would be traceable to that totally insignificant MacArthur amendment, another to those measly few pages of the Upton amendment.

The AHCA, with the addition of the MacArthur amendment, lets states opt-out of certain provisions of Obamacare through waivers.

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CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story reported incorrectly that Sen Thom Tillis of North Carolina did not attend. The meeting itself was in a special constructed room beneath the Capitol created to prevent electronic eavesdropping.

"We would also note that $4,500 per student is only $100 more than the $4,400 "high water mark" we achieved under the previous formula in the 2008-2009 school year, which would equal a $12.50 increase each year over the last eight years", they wrote.

"What we've had so far is a debacle on healthcare", Senator Ron Wyden, the top Democrat on the Senate finance committee, said Friday in an interview with Reuters.

In the Senate, the bill must hit separate $1 billion deficit reduction targets in the jurisdiction of the Finance Committee and the chamber's health committee.

The CBO could show that the health committee's contribution falls short. The earlier version would also cut $337 billion from the federal budget deficit over 9 years, while premiums for individuals purchasing insurance increasing 15-20% in 2018 and 2019. Low-income recipients made slightly too much to qualify for traditional Medicaid or not eligible because they were considered able-bodied adults. A Senate GOP aide described the holdup on the transfer to me as "S.O.P. But again, not anxious". The bill was approved by the House and reported out of the Senate Committee on Business and Commerce on Monday.

After the vote, Armstead told reporters he hoped to be able to get together with Senate leaders before the full House returns Tuesday evening and discuss where the two bodies can agree on their separate bills. That it's a possibility at all is lesson enough in waiting for all of the information to come in.

That House bill, which would add $279 million in school funding over two years and then increase it by the cost of inflation, was the starting point for the Senate Select Committee on School Finance, which met briefly Wednesday.

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