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Schumer Says GOP Division Gives Democrats A Chance To Save Obamacare

04 March 2017

I have been told that the House Obamacare bill is under lock & key, in a secure location, & not available for me or the public to view.

Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., invited reporters on a hunt around the U.S. Capitol in search of the Republican bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

In a Thursday press briefing, House Majority Leader Representative Paul Ryan denied. I will demand a copy for the American people.

The report claims Pauls' actions Thursday were seen by some unnamed folks as "an escalation of his opposition to the [Republican] party's healthcare plans". The Twitter account for Democratic members of the House Ways and Means Committee tweeted a picture of police officers standing outside a room in the Capitol, saying, "House Republicans are literally guarding their health care bill with Capitol Police".

Since Nov. 8, 2016, Congressional Republicans and the White House have said they would immediately move to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, but apart from some leaked details, no concrete legislation has surfaced.

One Republican lawmaker and a committee aide had said Wednesday that House Republicans would be allowed to review the overhaul plan - but only in a dedicated reading room, and they wouldn't be given copies to take with them.

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Though Republicans are hoping to pass ObamaCare repeal by early April, Murphy argued that "it's not too late" for lawmakers to work on a bipartisan bill. Since the purity of the market can't solve every issue of affordability and access for sick Americans, Congress can and should build upon Paul's plan to offer more protections for the most vulnerable. Other Republicans voiced skepticism whether Trump's plan to give states control over health programs for poorer people would lead to spending rollbacks and possibly leave millions of people with no insurance coverage. The tax would come in for plans at and above the 90th percentile of current premiums.

"When we heard it was secret, we wanted to see it even more", the Kentucky Republican told CNN's Kate Boldaun in an interview, noting, "As we speak, my staff is still going around Washington looking for the bill".

Paul says the only information he has on what's in the replacement he's received from Politico.

"It would also shift costs to consumers, increasing their costs by an average of $1,380 per year.The impact would be particularly severe for older people ages 55 to 64, whose costs would increase by $5,118 per year", Spiro said. However, they don't want anyone to see it.

Ryan said Trump's administration and the Senate support the House GOP leadership in the effort.

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. I don't think "Obamacare-lite' is what we should do", Paul said. Conservative Republicans have long opposed refundable tax credits because Americans with lower incomes, who pay less in taxes, receive the full credit even if it exceeds their tax bill.