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Conservatives rebel against Trump-backed Republican healthcare plan

Wednesday, March 08, 2017 - 01:29

President Donald Trump on Tuesday endorsed Republican legislation to replace the Obamacare healthcare law but the measure faced a rebellion by conservative groups and lawmakers, complicating its chances for passage in the U.S. Congress. Andy Sullivan reports.

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The ink is barely dry on the Republicans plan to repeal and replace Obamacare but it's already taking a pounding - from within the party's own rank and file. House Speaker Paul Ryan's health plan is taking shots from other Republicans - raising the question of whether he'll be able to round up enough votes to get it to President Trump's desk. Conservatives in the party are blasting the plan as Obamacare lite - saying it's not that different from what's in place now. Moderate, meanwhile, worry that it's too much of a break with the current system and could disrupt coverage for millions. The new plan, released on Monday night, would replace health-insurance subsidies with tax breaks and give states more flexibility to set up their own coverage for poor residents. It keeps some of the most popular aspects of the law and gets rid of its unpopular taxes and mandates. Democrats hate the bill, of course - that means Ryan will have to rely on his own Republicans to do the heavy lifting. Republicans need Trump to help herd the cats, but so far he's only offering measured support. If he wants to sign that Obamacare replacement into law, he's going to have to get a lot more involved over the coming months.

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Conservatives rebel against Trump-backed Republican healthcare plan

Wednesday, March 08, 2017 - 01:29