Overnight Healthcare: CBO score on health bill changes coming before vote

Overnight Healthcare: CBO score on health bill changes coming before vote
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Republicans will have an updated Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis of the ObamaCare replacement bill before a vote on Thursday, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) said Monday.

Brady said changes to the GOP legislation will be unveiled later on Monday as leaders seek to win over enough votes to pass the legislation.

Possible changes include giving more tax credits for buying health insurance to older and lower-income people, and repealing ObamaCare's taxes sooner.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) last week had declined to commit to having an updated CBO analysis before the floor vote.

But Brady said lawmakers will have the bill's score "certainly before we go to the floor," which still leaves open the possibility of the CBO's report coming out the day of the vote.

"The bill at the end of the day coming out of the Rules Committee will have a positive score to it," Brady told reporters. "We expect to get an updated score before it goes to the House floor." Read more here. http://bit.ly/2mJoqNt

GOP mulls ObamaCare tweak to win NY support

House GOP leaders aiming to win votes from vulnerable New York Republicans are considering a change to their ObamaCare repeal legislation, several sources told The Hill.

The change, aimed at securing the votes of several Empire State Republicans and bolstering the GOP's whip count ahead of a Thursday floor vote, would seek to stop New York state from forcing counties to pay for part of Medicaid.

The proposal is from Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), the first member of Congress to endorse Donald Trump for president.

Collins argues that his proposal would end up reducing property taxes by cutting the financial burden on counties, which paid $2.2 billion into Medicaid in 2016. Specifically, Collins's amendment cuts off federal reimbursements for state Medicaid funds raised from county governments. Read more here. http://bit.ly/2mO5n5y

Trump to address House GOP on Tuesday

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTillerson: Russia already looking to interfere in 2018 midterms Dems pick up deep-red legislative seat in Missouri Speier on Trump's desire for military parade: 'We have a Napoleon in the making' MORE will address the House Republican Conference on Tuesday ahead of the chamber's vote on ObamaCare repeal legislation, a GOP aide told The Hill.

Trump will likely try to appeal to more Republicans during an appearance at the conference's weekly meeting.

He has met with conservatives frequently over the last few weeks, trying to sway them as they threaten to vote against the American Health Care Act on Thursday for leaving in place several ObamaCare provisions.

Trump met last week with members of the Republican Study Committee (RSC) and assured them two small changes would be made to the bill. In exchange, those RSC members present said they would vote for the legislation on the floor. Read more here. http://bit.ly/2nXLZDj

Poll: Majority skeptical of GOP healthcare bill

A majority of voters say the Republican plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare will be a step back for the country rather than an improvement, according to a new Harvard-Harris Poll survey provided exclusively to The Hill.

The survey found that 51 percent of registered voters view the GOP effort as moving the country backward, while 26 percent say it would be an improvement.

In general, voters are split on the fate of ObamaCare, with 41 percent saying they support legislation to repeal and replace the healthcare law, versus 43 percent who say they oppose a new healthcare overhaul.

Still, the poll found there is opportunity for Republicans if they can sell their ideas effectively. The Hill's Jonathan Easley breaks it down here: http://bit.ly/2mObKpo

Biden to rally with Dems in DC ahead of ObamaCare vote

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenBiden says he would advise Trump against Mueller interview Biden on Trump's 'treason' comments: 'He's a joke' Joe Kennedy: Biden likely would have defeated Trump MORE will return to Washington, D.C., Wednesday to join Democrats rallying to save ObamaCare in one of his first major public appearances since leaving office.

Biden will join House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other Democratic leaders on the front steps of the Capitol to mark the seventh anniversary of ObamaCare's passage, Pelosi's office said Monday.

The event comes one day before the House plans to vote on repealing President Obama's landmark healthcare plan, although many conservatives have threatened to withhold their support. http://bit.ly/2nLVV3M

What we're reading

Catholic bishops: Proposed ObamaCare replacement contains "serious flaws" (America Magazine)

Tom Price in the spotlight as point man for GOP health plan (Atlanta Journal Constitution)

State by state

Kansas debates expanding Medicaid as ACA repeal vote nears (NPR)

Mayo CEO 'regrets' word choice about Medicaid policy (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)

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