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GOP speeding toward vote on altered healthcare bill

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"My fear is that a year from now people are going to come back and we're going to have all the same arguments that insurance premiums are still going through the roof and we still have a mess", he said.

"I want everyone to know I'm 100 percent behind this", POTUS told the room.

Labrador and members of the House Freedom Caucus are drafting an amendment to the House GOP's Obamacare replacement plan they say is created to "find reasonable middle ground".

Cotton's opposition, which he's broadcast in multiple TV and radio interviews and over Twitter, has raised eyebrows in the Capitol where a number of GOP senators have misgivings about the bill, but many are more restrained in expressing them. "As we embark on this complex effort, we must ensure that individuals are not left without access to care", the governors wrote.

President Trump said Friday he and GOP lawmakers made made "certain changes" to the bill.

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Yet others say the changes still don't go far enough - many Republicans have called for total repeal of the law, with nothing to replace it. Bill Cassidy, R-Louisiana, who is concerned the House plan would make it harder for poorer, older Americans to afford insurance.

"I've heard that maybe the best thing is that this doesn't get out of the House so we're not the ones who ditch it", said a Republican senator who has publicly voiced concern about the bill but requested anonymity.

"I remain firmly committed to repealing Obamacare", one of the RSC's founding members, Representative Jim Jordan of OH, tweeted on Friday. "President Trump said this is one big, fat negotiation. It is a nonstarter for many", said Pennsylvania Rep. Charlie Dent, a moderate, to CNN. I thought Ryan was more compassionate, that he truly cared about the people in this country, but every day I see more clearly that is not the case. The CBO's 26 million included Medicaid expansion.

Cotton's stance on the health legislation also reflects realities on the ground in his state, where health advocates credit the Affordable Care Act with cutting how much hospitals are spending on care for uninsured patients and for a dramatic drop in the state's uninsured rate. The letter was sent by Nevada's Sandoval, as well as Ohio's John Kasich, Michigan's Rick Snyder and Arkansas's Asa Hutchinson.

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price acknowledged that passing the White House backed health care bill through both houses of Congress is going to be tricky, but said he is confident that the GOP plan to repeal and replace Obamacare will move forward. "Seven years, and this is what they bring", Noah said. Shoring up the law's individual markets should take precedence over changes to Medicaid, they said, so that some individuals now covered by that program could be shifted to private coverage. The affordable health care's objective was to lower costs, expand access, and improve benefits.

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