In leaked ACA replacement Republicans would drop tax credits for the wealthy

Cruz Lee Paul demand 'full repeal' of ObamaCare

Cruz Lee Paul demand 'full repeal' of ObamaCare

U.S. House committees plan to begin considering legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare next week, Republicans said Thursday after a closed-door meeting.

"It's the secret office for the secret bill", he said.

"I would like to read the Obamacare bill, if you recall when Obamacare was passed in 2009, 2010, Nancy Pelosi said you'll know what's in it after we pass it, the Republican party shouldn't act in the same way", Paul said in an impromptu press conference. An aide to Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., later said Paul was standing outside her office, not a hideaway for clandestine legislation.

Top GOP leaders continue to insist they must act.

A few months ago, in what feels like a very distant alternate reality, Donald Trump promised Congress would repeal and replace Obamacare "very quickly".

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Cornyn's comments come after House Committee on Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady and House Committee on Energy and Commerce Chairman Greg Walden met with senators Wednesday to go over specifics of the proposed legislation and provide members with a better sense of direction. We're going through the committee process step-by-step. When that didn't work out, they went to the Energy and Commerce meeting room.

Trump ally and health panel member Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) told Bloomberg, "It looks like, unfortunately, based on the delays, we may be marking it up and voting on it before we have a score".

"This is being presented as if it were a national secret, as it if it were a plot to invade another country. that's wrong".

These tax credits have always been the basis of the GOP plan, appearing in both House Speaker Paul Ryan's A Better Way blueprint from 2016 and the Empowering Patients First bill authored by Health Secretary Tom Price in 2015 when he was in the House. Parts of their expeditions were streamed on social media.

Although H-157's secret location became the subject of some light-hearted, semi-serious exchanges online Thursday, House Democrats at one point expressed a more humorless take.

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"They don't want us to see the bill", said Pallone. Moderates interpreted Trump's reference to tax credits as a sign that he favors their plan to keep several popular elements of Obamacare while replacing its incentive structure with a more conservative alternative.

"Currently there are not enough votes to pass it in the House", Representative Mark Meadows of North Carolina, head of an influential group of conservatives, said in an interview Friday.

The following week, the House Budget Committee is scheduled to combine the bills into a "reconciliation" package eligible for Senate debate, with votes on the House floor expected the week after that.

Their confidence, coming after months of dead ends and false starts, is fueled by the belief that President Donald Trump has their back - even if some conservatives now don't. The slight changes in the new draft are unlikely to significantly lessen criticism from both Republicans and Democrats.

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