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Pete Sessions on AHCA: 'Nobody Is Going to Lose Their Coverage'

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By    |   Wednesday, 22 Mar 2017 12:38 PM

House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions, R-Texas, while calling the American Health Care Act "two-thirds of a good bill," pushed back at reports and concerns the reform legislation will cause people to lose their coverage.

"Nobody is going to lose their coverage," Sessions told CNN's "New Day" anchor Chris Cuomo on Wednesday. "[You will] be able to keep your same doctor, be able to keep your same plan."

There has been a great deal of uncertainty with the Medicaid portion of the plan, Sessions continued, and the difference between tax credits and tax subsidies might not have been properly explained.

The tax credit "should be enough to cover a person to have a regular health plan, as opposed to a Medicaid plan, where many times you can't find a doctor.

"It's a matter of giving confidence to the American people, I will confess," Sessions said. "At the very top, there's a lack of understanding of how to sell this bill."

A spokeswoman for Sessions later explained the congressman meant by his comments Americans will have a choice about obtaining coverage, unlike with the Affordable Care Act, which mandates coverage, The Dallas Morning News reported.

Meanwhile, the AHCA is still better than doing nothing about replacing Obamacare, and House members will likely pass the measure, Sessions said.

"Is it better than what we have today?" the Texas Republican asked Cuomo. "Absolutely. Will it save the American healthcare system? Yes. Is it going to be something we're going to have to work with for quite some time? Yes, also."

The measure, though, still requires amendments before it will clear a House vote, Sessions said, but "just because it's not what I want, doesn't mean it's not two-thirds of a good bill that has then become a compromised material that we're going to have to work on."

The House will still vote on the full measure Thursday, Sessions said, although some GOP lawmakers are pushing for a delay to allow further amendments. In addition, there are some in the House who are facing an angry response from their constituents.

"It's the people back home who are being very vocal, who are in a lot of these conservative groups that do not understand the bill because it has not been sold properly to them," Sessions told Cuomo.

Sessions' committee will be the last amending the bill before it heads to a floor vote, and he admitted it is "partially" his fault voters are not sold on the bill.

"That's the real problem, not the president, not whether they do or don't want to vote, the people back home are not sold on what we're doing yet, and that's partially my fault also," Sessions said.

"I tried to take the time to explain to the American people why we're doing this, but we recognize it's back-home voter, not Washington, D.C., voter," Sessions said.

Sessions also said he does not believe the bill has been harmed by President Donald Trump's support, as he has "great clout" and House members should pay attention to that and to his support of the measure.

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