By Jonathan Easley and Emily GuskinPublished Mar 09, 2019 09:04:23In recent weeks, a growing number of Republican lawmakers have been willing to give Obamacare their full attention.
They’ve been trying to get their party’s base to take notice.
The bill has received the backing of more than half of House Republicans, according to a POLITICO analysis of public statements from members.
That’s the first time that’s happened since it was introduced in May.
But the bill has not yet gained the kind of support from some in the Republican Party that it has from Democrats, who are increasingly concerned that it’s not going to do enough to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
They are also less optimistic that it can pass the Senate and get through a Republican-controlled Congress.
The GOP has been pushing a bill that they say is designed to give the health insurance exchanges the kind the health care system needs and not the kind that is more convenient for the insurers, such as the so-called individual mandate, which requires people to buy insurance and then pays for it with a tax.
The House bill would not require Americans to buy individual insurance.
It also would not force insurers to provide coverage for pre-existing conditions, which could lead to fewer healthy people signing up.
And it would provide tax credits to help people buy insurance.
But Democrats are worried about the bill’s effect on the cost of premiums.
They say that without the tax credits, people could purchase insurance that was unaffordable for them, with their premiums likely rising because they didn’t have the tax credit.
The Senate’s version of the bill is different, with a much lower individual mandate and no individual mandate.
The bill has more support in the House.
But Republicans have not yet made it public, and it’s unclear how much support they have from the party’s moderates.
Democrats are hoping the GOP’s approach is enough to help pass their bill, even as the party is in the midst of an intense campaign to persuade GOP senators to back it.
“If we do pass this bill, it will help stabilize the market and make insurance more affordable for the millions of Americans who have been left out of the market,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said last week.
Democrats say that they’re not convinced that it will do enough, and that Republicans could still make the bill more generous than the House’s version if they want to, but they are pushing for the full Senate to vote on it as soon as possible.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R of California, said in a statement last week that he was “very concerned” that Republicans would attempt to take the law in a more generous way than the Senate’s bill.
“The Senate is taking the Senate version of this bill in a very different direction, and the Republicans have been pushing the idea that it needs to be a lot more generous,” McCarthy said.
“I think that will only lead to more political and economic damage for the American people, as they see more of the costs of insurance in the bill and are paying more out of pocket.”
We’re still trying to convince them that it should be the House bill,” he added.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, which has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars lobbying to get Democratic members of Congress to support the bill, has also been pushing hard to convince Republicans to support it.
In a statement on Monday, the group said the Senate bill is “not perfect” but that it “simply does not go far enough to fully repeal and restore the ACA.”
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is one of the leading voices on the left in the party.
She’s also one of those lawmakers who have spoken out strongly against the House version of a health care bill that passed the House earlier this year.
In a speech last month, Warren said the bill “would create a health insurance nightmare for millions of people who already have very expensive insurance” and said that if Republicans “keep pushing this plan through, we’ll be facing another health insurance disaster that nobody should have to worry about.”
Warren also said that she wants to see an end to the “welfare state” and a “health care system that does not work for the majority of Americans.”
And in an interview with The Hill on Monday night, Warren also said the House GOP bill would “destroy the Affordable CARE Act.”
That was a reference to the House Republicans’ bill to repeal the ACA.
The legislation would have repealed the individual mandate by 2019, cut off payments to insurers for people with pre-insurance and cut Medicaid spending by $880 billion over 10 years.
That would have left a $772 billion hole in the health program.
Warren said that would have “created a nightmare” for Americans.”
And it’s been so successful, it’s so popular, it has to be stopped.
And we’re not going back,” she said.
Republicans are trying to