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Trump bullish on Capitol Hill healthcare support

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 00:34

U.S. President Donald Trump met briefly with Republicans in Congress on Tuesday to consolidate support for a plan to overhaul the Obamacare healthcare law with a partial replacement. Afterwards, he told reporters ''I think we'll get the vote on Thursday.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Donald Trump met briefly with Republicans in Congress on Tuesday to consolidate support for a plan to overhaul the Obamacare healthcare law with a partial replacement, the biggest legislative effort of his presidency so far. "Terrific people. They want a tremendous healthcare plan, that's what we have," Trump told reporters at the U.S. Capitol after speaking to Republicans from the House of Representatives behind closed doors. Republican leaders recrafted the House bill on Monday to satisfy critics - mainly fellow Republicans - in part by proposing major changes to tax credits and provisions to alter the Medicaid insurance program for low-income people. The House leadership needs to win over conservatives who believe the bill does not go far enough in repealing the law, as well as moderate Republicans who fear dismantling former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act will hurt millions of Americans. Party leaders hope to move the legislation to the House floor for debate as early as Thursday. But the administration and House leadership can only afford to lose about 20 votes from Republican ranks or risk the bill failing. "There are going to be adjustments made but I think we'll get the vote on Thursday," Trump said. In seeking their support, Trump told the lawmakers that if the bill does not pass, it could cause "political problems," said Republican Representative Walter Jones. Despite Monday's changes, the Wall Street Journal reported that the House Freedom Caucus, a group of conservative lawmakers, has enough votes to block the bill. The Senate also will vote on the legislation and more changes could still be made. Trump, who took office two months ago, told the lawmakers he thinks the American people are ready for change but did not talk "a whole lot about the healthcare bill except to vote for it," Jones said.

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Trump bullish on Capitol Hill healthcare support

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 00:34