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"I want everyone to know, I'm 100 percent behind this", Trump said after the meeting. And to further help the poor, it expanded Medicaid to cover more lower-income people.

Traditionally, that figure has been reported separately because of differences in the type of health plan provided. Building in more incentives for younger, healthier people to buy policies simpler than Obamacare's wouldn't only leave more Americans insured.

The report breaks down the projected costs of the GOP plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.

House Republicans scheduled a vote for Thursday on the health care replacement bill, as President Trump said he's convinced over a dozen members of the Republican Study Committee to support the plan. Moderates have been shaken by the estimate from the Congressional Budget Office that 24 million people could lose their health coverage if the bill passes.

The House GOP's vote counter, Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, also attended the meeting and said the changes give Republicans "the best chance" to get the legislation to the Senate. On a call with state reporters, Sen. Republicans of all stripes are waiting to see what changes are made by the House Rules Committee before it hits the floor.

The CBO says the plan would save more than $300 billion, but it still amounts to a big-government entitlement for conservative lawmakers, whose votes are critical yet probably can't be won without forfeiting the likes of Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Florida Republican, who said she will not vote for a plan that slashes coverage and funds for the poor and elderly.

Finally, they want to repeal all of Obamacare's taxes as soon as possible, rather than waiting until next year. They've also discussed changing the new tax credits. In 2016, 12.7 million Americans signed up, while 12.2 million signed up in 2017. But only 10.4 million were signed up for these plans by the middle of past year, according to Department of Health and Human Services data.

This could have been in response to a recent CBO report that came out last week, which found 52 million people would be uninsured by 2026 if the GOP bill became law. "And now every single one is a yes" on the American Health Care Act, Trump said after a meeting with a dozen members of the Republican Study Committee, which has gone on record saying they want important changes to the legislation.

Enrollment in these individual insurance plans was down by about 500,000 people from 2016 by the end of January, it said. And the third is separate legislation that would do things Republicans have been advocating for many years, such as imposing caps on medical malpractice damages and selling health insurance across state lines. "But a new financing structure that limits federal participation in Medicaid will transfer risk from the federal government to the states, so states must be granted meaningful relief from federal regulatory constraints that exist today in order to effectively manage that risk".

"The markets continue to be dominated by enrollees receiving subsidies", said Pearson. "If you say they're guaranteed access but they can't afford it, is that truly a guarantee?"

But Trump still appeared open to some improvements to the bill, speaking in support of the ultimate product.

Many of us have forgotten that President Nixon created the Environmental Protection Agency and Legal Aid; perhaps President Trump can create Healthcare for All.