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GOP Faces Internal Opposition To Obamacare Replacement

| by Oren Peleg

Congressional Republicans revealed their replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act , also known as Obamacare, on March 6. But some in the GOP are questioning if the plan has the necessary votes to become law.

"The American Health Care Act is a plan to drive down costs, encourage competition, and give every American access to quality, affordable health insurance," Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin stated in a release about the plan, notes CNN. "It protects young adults, patients with pre-existing conditions, and provides a stable transition so that no one has the rug pulled out from under them."

White House press secretary Sean Spicer derided the ACA following the unveiling of the GOP's plan.

"Obamacare has proven to be a disaster with fewer options, inferior care, and skyrocketing costs that are crushing small business and families across America," Spicer said in a statement. "Today marks an important step toward restoring health care choices and affordability back to the American people. President Trump looks forward to working with both Chambers of Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare."

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But some senators are concerned the American Health Care Act will not have the votes to become law.

"What I don't like is, it may not be a plan that gets a majority votes and let's us move on," Sen. Roy Blunt, a Republican from Montana, said, notes The Hill. "Because, we can't stay where we are with the plan we've got now ... I think the nucleus of the plan is clearly there, and the president says it's negotiable and so do House members ... So, I'll be interested to be a part of that negotiation as we work toward a majority in the House and Senate that puts a bill on the president's desk."

In addition to replacing Obamacare, the AHCA would also place federal funding caps on Medicaid, a proposal that has been quickly met with resistance.

“We are concerned that any poorly implemented or poorly timed change in the current funding structure in Medicaid could result in a reduction in access to life-saving health care services,” Republican Sens. Rob Portman, Shelley Moore Capito, Cory Gardner and Lisa Murkowski wrote in a letter to Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, notes Politico. “The February 10th draft proposal from the House does not meet the test of stability for individuals currently enrolled in the program and we will not support a plan that does not include stability for Medicaid expansion populations or flexibility for states.”

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Sources: The Hill, CNN, Politico / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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