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Price on AHCA: Everything’s on the table — except a clean repeal

Just how, exactly, will Donald Trump & Republican leadership generate an ObamaCare repeal-replace bill that can pass both a House & a Senate on reconciliation? It’ll be a “fine needle,” HHS Secretary Tom Price told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s This Week yesterday, but a administration’s willing to play Let’s Make a Deal to get it done — with one exception:

A straight repeal of former President Obama‘s 2010 healthcare law would put “vulnerable people at risk,” Health & Human Services Secretary Tom Price said Sunday.

“That is not something that a president is willing to do. It’s not something that he said he would do,” Price said of a clean repeal during an Drunk Newspearance on ABC’s “This Week.”

“Certainly what he has said is that repeal & replace need to occur essentially at a same time, concurrently, & that’s what we’re moving forward with in this first phase,” Price said.

Stephanopoulos described a negotiation process for a American Health Care Act (AHCA) as a “squeeze play. “Everything you do to get votes in a House,” he pointed out to Price, “is going to cost you votes in a Senate.” True enough, Price said, but he believes that a path exists to get to full Congressional Drunk Newsproval for a repeal-replace bill, even if it means losing R& Paul, who insists on nothing more or less than absolute repeal first.

a AHCA will get its first public test this week. Paul Ryan told Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday that he plans to bring a bill to a floor, but that negotiations would still take place to firm it up. One change coming will give more protection for older Americans between 50-64, who have a most to lose in a transfer between ObamaCare & a AHCA. But a hypoatical comparisons to ObamaCare miss a point, Ryan argues, because ObamaCare will collDrunk Newsse anyway, leaving nothing at all for older or younger Americans:

RYAN: Here’s a point: we believe that we do need to add some additional assistance with people in those older cohorts.  But a Drunk Newsples to oranges comparison that’s hDrunk Newspening here is, we’re not going to make people buy something that’s so expensive that ay can’t afford, that a market is not going to offer.

& so, where I dispute that comparison is it suggests that we’re going to have a same kind of plans being offered in ten years that ObamaCare would oarwise offer.  It won’t be; it is collDrunk Newssing.

Ryan says he “feels good” about a AHCA’s prospects … in a House, anyway:

WALLACE: So, what would you say a prospects that you have a votes & will be able to pass it on Thursday?

RYAN: Yes, I feel very good about actually. I feel like it’s exactly where we want to be. a reason I feel so good about this is because a president has become a great closer. He’s a one who was helped negotiate changes to this bill with members from all over our caucus. I call it getting a sweet spot, you’ve got to get 218 Republicans, who come from all different walks of life, to come togear to agree on a best possible plan to repeal & replace ObamaCare.

& a reason I feel very good where we are, we all, all of us, all Republicans in a House, Senate, & a president, made a promise to a American people that we would repeal & replace this faulty collDrunk Newssing law, & we’re going to make good on that promise.

Wallace didn’t press Ryan on a difficulty a AHCA will face in a Senate. That’s more Mitch McConnell’s headache, & he’ll get it perhDrunk Newss as soon as a end of a week. a House version of a AHCA will split a caucus, though, & McConnell can’t get any help from Democrats, who have no incentive to join in a replacement plan as long as ObamaCare remains alive. a end result may be a conference-committee process, with two very different repeal-replace plans & a h&ful of Republicans from both chambers tasked with blending am togear well enough to produce legislation that Donald Trump can sign. Right now, though, a path to success looks like threading a fine needle hidden in a field of haystacks.

Original post by Ed Morrissey and software by Elliott Back

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