Republican leaders struggle to find support for GOP health bill

Republican leaders are struggling to stem defections from conservatives and moderates just a week before the House is to vote on the GOP's American Health

According to numbers released by the Congressional Budget Office, 14 million would be left uninsured next year, 24 million would be uninsured by 2026 and fewer employers would offer health benefits to their workers.

According to numbers released by the Congressional Budget Office, 14 million would be left uninsured next year, 24 million would be uninsured by 2026 and fewer employers would offer health benefits to their workers. (3/15/17)

EAST FARMINGDALE - Republican leaders are struggling to stem defections from conservatives and moderates just a week before the House is to vote on the GOP's American Health Care Act.

According to numbers released by the Congressional Budget Office, 14 million would be left uninsured next year, 24 million would be uninsured by 2026 and fewer employers would offer health benefits to their workers.

Premiums would also rise in 2018-2019 and fall in 2020, and senior citizens would be charged more for coverage.

Long Island's Democratic Reps. Kathleen Rice and Tom Suozzi have already come out against the bill.

Rep. Lee Zeldin told News 12 that "New York State law already provides specific protections for senior citizens to ensure they are not unfairly impacted by the regularly occurring changes in the insurance market. This would not change."

Rep. Peter King referred to a previous statement he gave News 12, saying that he was "undecided" thus far on the bill due to the amount of funding New York would lose.

Lisa Tyson, of the Long Island Progressive Coalition, says the GOP bill is just "destroying the system."

"We had a system that needed to be improved, but it was a good basic system," says Tyson. "And now they're just gutting that system, taking all the good parts of that system away."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he's confident the plan will be tweaked before it is voted on in the House next week.

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