What others say: GOP health bill must face new realities

Republican Sen. Tom Cotton dismisses 3-phase health-care plan It's just 'spin'

The longest-serving Republican in the U.S. House said Monday that he isn't convinced that a GOP bill pending in Congress takes the right approach to addressing health care problems, particularly for a high-cost, remote state such as Alaska.

The Texas Republican said technical and policy changes, which are expected to come in the form of a manager's amendment, should be released before midnight.

Numerous changes would make additional revisions to Medicaid - a programme that has provided coverage to more than 10 million people in 31 states - that were pushed by conservative members.

House leaders were working hard to to win over remaining holdouts, both conservatives and moderates in their party, a process known as whipping votes.

The amendments include overtures to conservatives such as immediately halting the ability for new states to expand Medicaid and allowing states to implement "reasonable" work requirements for Medicaid recipients.

Although experts agree the new health care plan designed by Republicans - the American Health Care Act - could cut down on some government spending, Syracuse University professors said the proposal could also hurt the people who need health insurance the most.

The result: Just as we saw before Obamacare, millions of Americans will go without health care.

All this leaves Republicans in Congress with a choice. Skeptical Senate Republicans, like Ted Cruz of Texas, said the current legislation is dead on arrival. "I'm trying to let my members vote the way that their constituents would want them to vote".

So far, he said, Davidson's office has received almost 300 calls urging the congressman to oppose the bill - and one call urging him to support it.

Many, freed from the ACA's mandate to purchase health insurance, will opt not to get it.

Critics have pointed to a Congressional Budget Office report that concluded as many as 24 million people would lose coverage if the Affordable Care Act were to be repealed. Rand Paul, who told Louisville business leaders hours ahead of the president's visit that he hopes the plan will fail so "true negotiations" can begin. However, candidate Trump pledged to replace the ACA with better and more affordable health insurance. If you are on Medicaid, you could be one of the 14 million who will lose your health care. Well, all Americans have "access" to health care - but a lot of us can not afford it.

Those who favor staying the course with the Affordable Care Act, the so-called Obamacare plan now in place, aired their voices at a rally at 72nd and Dodge Saturday afternoon.