Just as the party's conservatives began expressing optimism about the proposal's fortunes, Republican moderates raised concerns that tax credits now in the bill meant to help people buy health insurance were not sufficient.
Complaints about the bill from several Republican senators suggest that there are more than enough GOP "no" votes in that chamber to block its passage. "This is going to be fantastic", he said. They oppose accelerating the phase-out of the Medicaid expansion and are unhappy with long-term cuts the measure would inflict on the entire program. "It's fake news", he said. Ryan said he did not know how many people would be covered but that it was more important to not require people to have coverage.
Attacking the CBO now will only strengthen the argument that President Trump and his backers on Capitol Hill live in a world of alternative facts and relative truths.
Without Democratic support, Republicans can not afford to lose many votes from their own ranks, even though they control both chambers of Congress, as well as the White House. The CBO's current director, Kevin Hall, was appointed by Republicans in 2015. Heller is the third Republican to oppose the bill.
The 2017 government sign-up numbers missed Obama's target of 13.8 million people. This is why President Trump had to talk of changes, which may help to sway people back on the side of passing the bill through.
"The subsidies to purchase coverage combined with the penalties paid by uninsured people stemming from the individual mandate are anticipated to cause sufficient demand for insurance by people with low healthcare expenditures for the market to be stable", according to the report. But only 10.4 million were signed up for these plans by the middle of a year ago, according to Department of Health and Human Services data.
The House bill would create new, leaner tax credits for health insurance, cap federal spending on Medicaid for low-income people and reverse tax increases on wealthy Americans used to finance Obama's statute. One out of every 14 Americans who now has insurance would lose it over the next decade.
G-20 finance chiefs to maintain past pledges on currencies
Europe, China and Brazil want the G-20 to preserve current language calling for a rejection of protectionism "in all its forms". "Our objective is getting more balanced trade agreements", he said, confirming that having border adjusted taxes is an option.
"And we're going to take care of people at all levels", he said.
The president said the Republican bill to repeal and replace key parts of the Affordable Care Act "is a great plan".
This literally happened. Tucker Carlson: "The counties who voted for you will do far worse under your plan" Donald Trump: "Oh, I know".
But conservative Republicans said they could not support the plan without significant changes.
"You're falling into the same old trap of individuals who are measuring the success of Medicaid by how much money we put into it", Price said during the town hall. "This legislation that the speaker's brought forward doesn't do that".
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said on Thursday that she could not support the bill "in its current form".
Mr Tacchino explained that one notable item left out was the clause on association health care plans, that would allow small businesses to band together and approach insurance carriers as a group in order to get better underwriting and lower premiums.