What has changed on #AHCA to get two more Alabama Congressmen to support it?


Alabama Congressmen come around to the American Health Care Act?

What changed?

I can’t tell.

Aderholt, R-Haleyville, and Palmer, R-Hoover, each issued statements following the meeting outlining the meeting.

Aderholt said he told Trump about his concern for older, poorer Americans. And Trump vowed to make it better.

This is the summary from Aderholt on how the meeting played out (the emphasis added is by Aderholt):

“President Trump called me to the Oval Office this morning (Friday) to discuss the American Healthcare Act, because of his understanding that I could not support the current language of the bill.

“I expressed to the President my concern around the treatment of older, poorer Americans in states like Alabama.  I reminded him that he received overwhelming support from Alabama’s voters.

“The President listened to the fact that a 64-year-old person living near the poverty line was going to see their insurance premiums go up from $1700 to $14,600 per year. The President looked me in the eye and said, ‘These are my people and I will not let them down. We will fix this for them.’

“I also asked the President point blank if this House bill was the one that he supported. He told me he supports it ‘one thousand percent.’

“After receiving the President’s word that these concerns will be addressed, I changed my vote to yes.”

More subsidies?

The Republican health-care plan moving rapidly toward a crucial House vote this week is likely to be changed to give older Americans more assistance to buy insurance, Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Sunday.

“We think that we should be offering even more assistance than what the bill currently does,” Ryan, R-Wis., said in a “Fox News Sunday” interview, in which he confirmed that House leaders are eyeing a Thursday vote on its passage.

Meanwhile, a key conservative senator said White House officials were continuing to negotiate through the weekend on even more dramatic revisions to the bill in hopes of winning over hard-liners who have threatened to tank the legislation.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said he and two other conservative leaders – Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., chairman of the House Freedom Caucus – met at President Donald Trump‘s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida in an attempt “to fix this bill.”

“I cannot vote for any bill that keeps premiums rising,” Cruz said, echoing the concerns of other hard-line lawmakers who want the legislation to undo more of the Affordable Care Act‘s insurance mandates. “President Trump said this is one big, fat negotiation. Here is the central prize: If we lower premiums, and hopefully lower them a lot, that is a victory for the American people.”

“It’s a fine needle that needs to be threaded, no doubt about it,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, speaking about the negotiations Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.”

Does it matter?

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