Two days after House Speaker Paul Ryan acknowledged that the health care legislation that will repeal and replace Obamacare must change in order to pass, Republican lawmakers have moved closer to identifying those possible changes.
President Donald Trump reiterated his support for the bill, officially known as the American Health Care Reform Act and informally known as Trumpcare, after meeting with conservative lawmakers from the Republican Study Committee (RSC) at the White House on Friday.
"I'm 100 percent behind this," Trump said.
According to the Hill, Trump won the support of the 13 members of the RSC by agreeing allow states to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients and to block grant Medicaid.
Trump downplayed the gravity of the adjustments to the bill.
"We made certain changes but frankly very little," Trump said.
A CBO report released this week found that 52 million people would be uninsured by 2026 if the bill became law, compared with 28 million who would not have coverage that year if the law remained unchanged.
Further analysis has shown that the legislation would likely increase costs for elderly Americans while likely reducing costs for younger Americans.
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The legislation will need 216 votes in order to pass the House, and early indications suggest the GOP has not won enough support to hit that number. Republicans control 246 seats in the House and 52 in the Senate.
Several Senate Republicans have said they would reject the measure in its current form.
Obamacare expanded insurance to about 20 million Americans but the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said on Monday that 14 million Americans would lose medical insurance by next year under the Republican plan.
House Republicans are expected to vote next Thursday on new health care bill.
(Additional reporting by Reuters)