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There is little in the draft bill that these conservative members find appealing. "Politically they must do something", Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a Republican economist and health analyst, said Monday.

U.S. Senator and physician Rand Paul was joined by Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) in taking a firm, public stand to declare they would accept nothing less than full repeal of Obamacare. Meadows said in an interview.

Even some senators are expressing concern, including Sen. Rand Paul held an impromptu press conference to demand release of the bill. While changes are possible, it is believed to be a legitimate effort at health care reform.

Members of the party are divided on what a replacement should look like and how much it should cost. But if angry constituents flooding town halls in recent weeks are any indication, there is widespread, bipartisan support for keeping it intact.

Some conservatives want to see that rolled back.

There are few more proud Conservative rituals than the ritual flogging of Obamacare. The Trump administration itself has been setting up the possibility of a slower timetable for repealing and replacing Obamacare. Unfortunately, until the House reveals their new plan, no one can be sure what the Republicans are planning.

"They're hiding their bill in the basement", Pelosi said. "The total dollars that we spend on subsidies will be far greater", he said.

Meadows said it would become clear within the next 48 hours whether the proposal has enough support to pass the House as lawmakers review the document.

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However, AshLee Strong, a spokeswoman to House Speaker Paul Ryan, said that the draft proposal contains the main elements, including tax credits for people purchasing health insurance based on age.

It will end up being Ryancare and the disaster will be wrapped around Republicans' necks. Trump also called for people to be given the freedom to purchase insurance coverage across state lines while State Governors should be given the resources to deal with Medicaid.

Price's "Empowering Patients First Act of 2015" bill allowed people to set aside more tax-free money for heath care spending, but also increased premiums for more high-risk patients like the elderly, smokers, or those with pre-existing conditions.

With the GOP-controlled Congress starting its third month of work on one of its marquee priorities, unresolved difficulties include how their substitute would handle Medicaid, whether millions of voters might lose coverage, if their proposed tax credits would be adequate and how to pay for the costly exercise.

Obama's law expanded Medicaid to more lower-income people, a move that 31 states accepted - along with billions in added federal payments to cover it.

The reason Republicans want to keep their plan hidden is fairly obvious. Members are looking to him to provide some guidance in his speech tonight. Trump has previously said he wants to insure everybody but has refrained from discussing policy details.

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