Opposition mounts as GOP’s ObamaCare replacement bill undergoes review

March 9, 2017
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Groups representing hospitals, doctors and seniors are urging House Republican leaders to put the brakes on their plan to overhaul the Affordable Care Act, saying it risks stripping too many people of insurance and in some cases would hurt industry finances.

On a day when two House committees began formally debating the newly unveiled GOP plan, the cautions and opposition from groups such as AARP, which represents older Americans; the American Medical Association, and the American Hospital Association showed the difficult path ahead for the legislation.

Some of those groups say the GOP plan must include more generous government support for programs that help people obtain insurance coverage. But Republican leaders are already scrambling to satisfy a large cadre of conservative lawmakers who want to scale back the government role in health care and oppose a new set of tax credits in the bill aimed at helping people buy insurance.

House Republican leaders are under pressure to ease passage through the House by making changes that appease conservatives who want a more aggressive repeal of the ACA. Those changes risk further jeopardizing support in the Senate, where centrist Republicans have said they are concerned the proposal will cause too many people to lose coverage, particularly those with low incomes.

Underscoring the Senate’s central role, a group of Republican governors representing states that expanded Medicaid under the existing law have largely given up on lobbying the House and instead are focusing their efforts on the Senate, according to two people familiar with their thinking.

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