President Trump: Changes to GOP health bill will garner support

President Donald Trump says some House conservatives who were against the GOP's American Health Care Act are now on board after some changes were made

The modified bill includes additional restrictions to Medicaid. It would allow states to impose work requirements on recipients, and states could opt to accept a lump federal payment.

The modified bill includes additional restrictions to Medicaid. It would allow states to impose work requirements on recipients, and states could opt to accept a lump federal payment. (3/17/17)

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump says some House conservatives who were against the GOP's American Health Care Act are now on board after some changes were made to the bill.

The modified bill includes additional restrictions to Medicaid. It would allow states to impose work requirements on recipients, and states could opt to accept a lump federal payment.

"I want the states to run the program, if they want to run it," says President Trump. "They can do it better than the federal government, they are better equipped."

The bill still has critics on both sides of the aisle. Some fiscal conservatives like Sen. Rand Paul say it doesn't go far enough to curb spending, while Democrats like Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and even some moderate Republicans say cutting federal funding for Medicaid will leave states unable to provide care for many of their citizens.

George Newill, of Hempstead, suffers from diabetes and high blood pressure. He relies on Medicaid for health coverage and is worried that the White House-backed health care plan designed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act may leave him without care.

"Our lives are hanging by this decision that's going to happen sooner or later," says Newill.

A full House vote on the American Health Care Act is expected next week.

 

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