Friday, November 24, 2017
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Trump goes outside D.C. for support on health bill

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is deploying an outside and inside strategy to fulfill his campaign promise to repeal and replace "Obamacare," seeking support beyond Washington before making an in-person pitch on Capitol Hill.

Trump was slated to rally supporters Monday night in Louisville alongside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., after meetings and phone calls in Washington aimed at steadying the troubled legislation designed to erase President Barack Obama's signature health care law. He planned to court House Republicans today.

Trump's aides and congressional Republicans spent the weekend trying to woo conservatives and moderate House members who have questioned the health care plan.

Many hard-line conservatives have pushed for a more complete repeal of Obama's law, complaining that the GOP bill's tax credits create an overly generous benefit the federal government cannot afford.

Moderate Republicans, meanwhile, have said the tax credits are too limited and would hurt low earners and older patients. They also worry the plan would leave too many people uninsured, pointing to a nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office analysis that estimated 24 million people would lose coverage over 10 years.

Republican leaders were working on several revisions to the bill that would be considered ahead of the floor vote.

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