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McMorris Rodgers Confident House Will Pass AHCA

By Sandy Fitzgerald   |   Friday, 17 Mar 2017 01:27 PM

Adjustments to the American Health Care Act are attracting more Republicans to favor the reform legislation, said House Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers on Friday.

McMorris Rodgers said is "very encouraged" it will pass a full House vote.

"This is a legislative process," the Washington lawmaker told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" anchor Bill Hemmer. "We're continuing to listen to members, to address their concerns, get to a place where people feel comfortable supporting this proposed bill that going to mean better health care for people in America, every person in America."

Concerns with Medicaid expansion and tax credits still remain at the forefront as discussions continue, said McMorris Rodgers.

"Our goal is to get it back to the states," she said of Medicaid. "With the Obamacare there was a huge Medicaid expansion. A large portion were able-bodied adults. Our goal was to responsibly unwind it and get money to the states to set up the best programs possible. The conservatives had some concerns about the details of the process and those are some of the types of detail that we're addressing."

Meanwhile, the plan offers tax credits for people who do not get insurance through an employer or government programs such as Medicaid or Medicare, as the credits will allow people to keep their money and spend it to best meet healthcare needs. The credit declines according to recipients' ages, which has become a controversial part of the deal.

Overall, McMorris Rodgers said, she's excited that lawmakers are taking action.

"You heard the president lay out, premiums will go down 25 percent in this year alone," she said. "One of three counties only have one plan available. We just had a meeting with [Health and Human Services] Director Tom Price and had a press conference with him and he's very much engaged. They're looking at the regulations."

Obamacare allowed more than 1,400 ways for Price to write provisions for the law, and he is going through the process, she said.

The work has been open and transparent on the AHCA legislation, said McMorris Rodgers, and the goal is to have it on the House floor next week, so "action is necessary right now."

If the bill doesn't pass, "we don't have another option," she continued. "Boy, we're all in. We have been working with the president, with the Senate every step of the way. We're going to continue to talk to our members, locking them down so we go into next week assured that we have the votes."

Meanwhile, there will be "immediate relief" that will benefit recipients soon as next year.

"For anyone on Medicaid expansion, for example, we commit to ensuring they'll not have the rug pulled out from underneath them," she said. "We made a commitment to them. For example, health insurance companies later this spring are required to propose their proposed premiums for 2018. Any relief we can give them, the sooner the better in giving them the ability to offer more choices, more plans in the marketplace."

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