Thank you for visiting Paducahsun.com, online home of The Paducah Sun.

June 2012
27 28 29 30 31 01 02

Click here to submit an event.

GOP leaders resist calls for changes to new health bill

By ALAN FRAM Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- Conservative Republicans demanded tougher changes Friday in insurance requirements and Medicaid than the House GOP health care bill proposes and warned they'd oppose the legislation if it isn't reshaped. The White House signaled an openness to negotiate, but there was resistance from House leaders.

Less than two weeks before the GOP's showpiece legislation is slated to hit the House floor, the discord underscored the challenge facing top Republicans trying to garner votes for legislation scrapping former President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

It also raised questions about whether congressional leaders reluctant to make changes were lagging behind a White House more willing to cut deals. And it illustrated anew the strained relationship between GOP leaders and some conservatives, even as the party tries to deliver one of its highest profile goals.

"If that's the best that they can do, then perhaps they have a different whip count than I have," said Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., head of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, suggesting the legislation lacked enough votes to pass.

One conservative priority is quickly halting the extra money Obama's law gives states to expand the federal-state Medicaid program for 70 million low-income people. The GOP bill would end that additional funding in 2020 except for recipients already in the program, but conservatives want to accelerate that to 2018 to save money.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has said the bill will pass. GOP leaders are more concerned about unhappy moderates and are coordinating with the White House, said one top Republican who spoke on condition of anonymity, being unauthorized to discuss tactics publicly.

The GOP bill, approved this week by two House committees, would end Obama's fines on people who don't buy insurance and the federal subsidies many who purchase coverage receive.

Comments made about this article - 0 Total

Comment on this article

Your comment has been submitted for approval
captcha a68fa828ba2d4c18a0a38c87fcb17ecb
Top Classifieds
  • Labrador Pups $500 839-1198 Details
  • HAVANESE PUPS AKC Home Raised, Best H ... Details
  • Details
  • Lower town Condo w/ garage, Leslie He ... Details
  • Beautifully &Totally Renovated Co ... Details
  • House for SaleAurora, KY2 Bdr, Liv RM ... Details
  • SEEING is believing! Don't buy p ... Details
  • Hill Crest SubdivisionCorner Lot180x ... Details
  • AUTOMOVER SPECIAL6 lines - 14 dayson ... Details
  • Red 2013Ford Taurus Loaded30,000 + mi ... Details
  • 2007 NissanAltima Hybrid147,000 miles ... Details
  • Coachman Pop-Up Camper $1800 270-744- ... Details
  • Old Ford Backhoefixable or for parts2 ... Details

Most Popular
  1. Duplicate Bridge
  2. U.S. can't check ideals at the door
  3. BOGUS EU court decides no science required
  1. Livingston County School Board member resigns during meeting
  2. Trooper resigns over fuel card discrepancy
  3. Falling gas prices to fuel holiday trips
  1. Duplicate Bridge
  2. U.S. can't check ideals at the door
  3. BOGUS EU court decides no science required

Check out these recently discussed stories and voice your opinion...