One of the loudest critics of GOP health legislation is not a Democrat or even a conservative rebel, but a Republican loyalist and staunch defender of President Donald Trump.
The bill, the American Health Care Act, was moved on to the House Rules Committee by a vote of 19 to 17.
The Republican Governor felt the expansion worked well and that it should still be allowed in the GOP bill as long as states will allow it.
But the House plan cuts federal Medicaid spending and would cost MI $530 million to maintain its Medicaid expansion program by late 2019, an amount that would trigger its end under state law, according to a new Senate Fiscal Agency report.
The proposals could foretell changes GOP leaders will seek to win House passage of the bill. Up until now opposition is the only stance newer lawmakers like Cotton have experienced, but he makes no apologies, accusing House leaders of rushing the bill through committee last week before getting an analysis from the Congressional Budget Office.
He added: "The House has put forward a plan to repeal and replace Obamacare [the Affordable Care Act], based on the principles I outlined in my joint address". That left Senate GOP leaders at least two votes shy of what they'd need to prevail.
The modified bill includes additional restrictions to Medicaid.
"I just want to let the world know I am 100% in favor and these folks - and they are tough and they love their constituents and they love their country - these folks were nos, mostly nos yesterday and now every single one is a yes", the President said. It is about 1.6 million people short of Obama's goal for 2017 sign-ups, the government said.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday stepped up his fight for support on Republicans' plan to dismantle Obamacare, wooing some conservative lawmakers at the White House while legislation advanced toward a possible vote in the House of Representatives next week.
Right now the credits begin phasing out for people earning $75,000.
Signs emerged on Wednesday that the White House was winning over reluctant conservatives who initially questioned the legislation on the grounds that it too closely resembled Obamacare, the signature domestic policy achievement of former President Barack Obama.
Conservatives and moderate House Republicans want to shove the bill in opposing directions, GOP senators are rebelling and Republican governors say the House bill gives them nearly no new flexibility and lacks sufficient resources to protect the vulnerable. They oppose accelerating the phaseout of the Medicaid expansion and are unhappy with long-term cuts the measure would inflict on the entire program.
"'It's our job to get it out of here and get it to the Senate, '" Pence told the Republicans, according to Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Fla.
But the three dissenting GOP votes-from Reps.
Moderates "don't like the idea of taking a vote in the House that may go nowhere in the Senate", said Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa.
Underscoring GOP leaders' push-and-pull problem, around 60 conservatives who met with Pence proposed revisions in the other direction, including a hastening of the Medicaid expansion phaseout to 2018 instead of the legislation's 2020.
Earlier in the day, Pence told House conservatives that the administration was open to changes.
Obamacare's high premiums and forcing of healthcare coverage was horrific to Republican members of Congress.
The House GOP bill repeals elements of the Obama law, including the "individual mandate" that penalizes people who don't have insurance. Experts said the report undercuts Republican claims that the health law's insurance markets are teetering toward collapse, which they say makes repealing the law crucial. The rally was organized by FreedomWorks, a conservative group backed by the billionaire Koch brothers.