What is the GOP message on health care?

Republicans' Obamacare repeal fight turning into battle over Senate procedure

Some Republicans, along with conservative groups such as the American Enterprise Institute and the Heritage Foundation's lobbying arm, oppose the measure.

They told Trump administration officials - including the health secretary, Tom Price - that they wanted to see lower insurance costs for poorer, older Americans and an increase in funding for states with high populations of hard-to-insure people.

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. "People are truly covered well, and I think it's going to be something that's going to be a model to be looked upon", said the President.

The GOP health care bill received a major boost Friday as critical Republicans who had been opposed pledged to support it after being offered changes to the legislation. GOP divisions also threaten the legislation in that chamber.

Rep. Andy Barr of Kentucky is also now on board after the changes promised at the White House meeting. Obamacare liberalized Medicaid's eligibility requirements and accompanied the expansion with larger subsidies for states that accepted the broader requirements.

Several Republicans have expressed deep reservations, putting the outcome of the vote in doubt.

Trump's comments came after a meeting with members of the Republican Study Committee, a caucus made up of about 170 more conservative lawmakers.

Of course, the GOP bill will need 216 voted in order to pass to the House.

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"That's never healthy to let something sit out there too long because pretty soon you have a carcass left", he said.

A report out this week from the Congressional Budget Committee found that the bill would leave 24 million people without care over the next decade.

By making every American eligible for Medicare or a similar public option, he could fulfill his promise of "insurance for everyone" and probably end up with a system that fulfills his other promise to create a "far less expensive and far better" healthcare system. Collins' opposition leaves the bill short of the support it needs in the Senate unless it changes, since GOP leaders can only lose two votes.

On the sidelines are Republican governors like John Kasich in OH who support the mandates on Medicaid expansion and the growing numbers signing up for Obamacare.

Conservatives seemed unlikely to achieve their demands that the GOP bill's phase-out of Obama's Medicaid expansion - now 2020 - be accelerated to next year and that the credit be denied people with little or no tax liability.

"It provides nearly no new flexibility for states, does not ensure the resources necessary to make sure no one is left out and shifts significant new costs to states", the governors wrote in the letter.

"It provides nearly no new flexibility for states, does not ensure the resources necessary to make sure no one is left out, and shifts significant new costs to states", the letter - signed by Govs.

The key question is whether Trump is able to convince enough Republicans to toe the line and help pass the bill in the House, where Republicans can afford no more than 21 defections if all Democrats vote no, as expected.

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