US Republicans to press ahead with plan to dismantle Obamacare health plan

March 16, 2017 14:07
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WASHINGTON, March 16 - US President Donald Trump and his Republicans were set to press ahead in Congress on Thursday with a plan to dismantle Obamacare, negotiating changes as they go, with their bill slated to move to the budget committee on its way to a crucial vote soon by the full House of Representatives.

Conservatives have demanded a quicker end to the expansion of the Medicaid program put in place under the Affordable Care Act, the healthcare overhaul approved under former Democratic President Barack Obama.They also want to add work requirements for some recipients of Medicaid, the government health insurance program for the poor.

The White House said it was discussing such tweaks with House Republican leaders, including Speaker Paul Ryan.

"There's no perfect piece of legislation. There's gonna be this framework that's going to be added to or subtracted to during the process, and eventually it's going to pass the House and it's going to pass the Senate," White House budget director Mick Mulvaney told Fox News in an interview on Thursday.

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