President Trump again went outside of Washington to whip up support for the house Republican ” healthcare bill Monday, told a rally in Louisville, Ky. that the legislation “is our chance to end ObamaCare, and the ObamaCare disaster.”
In a speech peppered with shout-outs to Kentucky’s congressional delegation — “Hey, Mitch,” Trump asked, Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell at one point, “we gonna be OK? … That the health looks good?” — the President warned the audience that if the health has not passed the bill, “the alternative is what you have [and] what you have is nothing.”
Trump also tried mediation in the direction of Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., one of the bill’s sharpest opponents, who say: “I am looking forward to working with him, so we adopted this law — in any form.”
Echo Speaker Of The House Of Representatives Paul Ryan, R-Wis., Trump told supporters that the GOP health bill was a necessary step prior to the adoption of sweeping tax reform is another cornerstone of his agenda.
“We have done this before, we can do the other,” Trump told the crowd. “In other words, we need to know what it is before we can do the big tax cuts. We have to get it done for a variety of reasons, but this is one of them.”
Trump’s speech capped a day of meetings and phone calls that are designed to that the much criticized legislation by the house ahead of a floor vote on Thursday. The President was meeting with house Republicans on Capitol Hill Tuesday might be tomorrow, in what is an important test of his deal-making skills.
At the White house on Monday, the President met with Ryan, health and Human Services Secretary, Tom Price, and Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, an architect of Obama’s health care reform law and the brother of Obama’s White house chief of staff, Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel.
On Capitol Hill, the adviser to the President, Kelly Anne Conway whip team met with the house Republican responsible for the health of the law, draft the necessary 218 votes on Thursday.
Sources told Fox News that the members asked to convince Conway Trump to endorse amendments to the bill, which are expected to be arranged in a so-called “manager’s amendment” prior to the floor vote this week.
Trump’s aides and congressional Republicans spent trying to the weekend, woo conservatives and the moderate members of the house who have questioned the health plan. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., the house’s No. 3 Republican and the leader responsible for rounding up votes, wrote on Sunday evening to his whip team, that the “next few days could define, to come to us for years.”
“There is no such thing as” perfect.” Each of us has our own ideal plan, but if we want to advance our principles and to fulfill our promise, this creates a bold approach, and our goals,” Scalise wrote.
Many hard-line conservatives pushed for a full repeal of Obama’s law, including its requirement that the measures cover a long list of services, which they say drives up the premiums. They also complain that the GOP bill, the tax credits create an overly generous benefit, which can not afford the Federal government.
“We need substantive changes,” said Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, a member of the conservative house freedom Caucus, said late Monday. “There must be a fundamental change.”
Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., wrote on Twitter that the guy had the freedom Caucus members proposed several changes, the fired but yet.
Although I have been in Congress, I can’t remember a more universally detested piece of legislation, as the GOP health care bill.
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) March 20, 2017
Moderate Republicans, meanwhile, have said the tax credits are limited to and would hurt wage earners is low, and elderly patients. You also have to worry that the plan would be appreciated also ensures many people go uninsured, on a non-partisan Congressional Budget Office analysis that 24 million people would lose coverage over 10 years.
The White house and house Republicans have agreed to let the bill be as amended, States impose the requirements of a healthy Medicaid recipients. Member States will also be allowed to change that, and the entire Federal-state program for poor people, States would receive a lump sum Federal payment to cover some of the costs — not an amount that is linked to the number of recipients in the state, as the current bill provides for.
Fox News’ Chad Pergram and the Associated Press contributed to this report.