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9. Republicans Tweak Medicaid, Taxes, Abortion Provisions To Bring Wary Lawmakers On Board

The revisions were made to appease both the conservative wing of their party and moderates who had voiced concerns for their older constituents who would have been particularly hard hit by the first version of the American Health Care Act.

Reuters: Republicans Tweak Obamacare Bill As Trump Moves To Promote Overhaul
Congressional Republicans recrafted their Obamacare replacement bill on Monday in hopes of satisfying critics as U.S. President Donald Trump prepared to promote his first major legislative initiative on Capitol Hill. In a sign of deepening concern among Republicans about the bill's future, Trump will speak to the party's lawmakers in Congress on Tuesday about the healthcare overhaul, two House Republican aides said. (Morgan and Cornwell, 3/20)

USA Today: Republicans Modify Obamacare Repeal Bill To Win More GOP Votes
Under the modified version of the GOP replacement bill, states would be allowed to require able-bodied Medicaid recipients without dependents to work beginning in October — and would get a funding boost as a reward for doing so. States could also receive federal funding for the program as a lump sum — instead of a per capita allotment — for children and non-disabled, non-elderly adults. Taxes imposed by the ACA on the wealthy, sectors of the health care industry and others to pay for expanded coverage would be repealed in 2017 instead of 2018. (Groppe, 3/20)

Politico: GOP Leaders Pile On Sweeteners To Sell Obamacare Repeal
The bill also includes provisions nodding at anti-abortion GOP leaders. Among other changes to the repeal bill, the amendment would delete a provision that would have allowed consumers to move leftover tax credit money into a Health Savings Account. Anti-abortion groups had raised concerns that the provision might be eliminated under the Senate's strict budget rules and inadvertently allow for taxpayer funding of abortion. (Haberkorn, Pradhan and Dawsey, 3/20)

The Hill: GOP Leaders Unveil Changes To Healthcare Bill
New York Republican lawmakers argue this will relieve counties from having to pay into Medicaid and lead to property tax relief for constituents. But Democrats are already labelling that change a “backroom amendment.” (Sullivan, 3/20)

Bloomberg: GOP Leaders Tweak Health Bill As Conservatives Repeat Opposition
House leaders praised the changes Monday night, with House Speaker Paul Ryan saying Republicans were “one step closer” to repealing Obamacare. “I want to thank the White House and members from all parts of our conference who have helped make this the strongest legislation it can be,” he said in a statement late Monday. (Edney, Edgerton and Tracer, 3/20)

10. Freedom Caucus Leader: Members Should 'Vote For Their Constituents'

Although Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) says there are enough lawmakers that oppose the American Health Care Act to tank the legislation, he is not holding his caucus to a "no" vote, which frees up leaders to sway individual members.

The Washington Post: House Republicans Unveil Changes To Their Health-Care Bill
There were signs Monday that the bill had growing support among the moderate wing of the House GOP. Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.), who had voted against the leadership in an early procedural vote on the health-care legislation, said that he was “satisfied enough that I will support the bill.” MacArthur said he was assured that the bill would do more for older and disabled Americans covered under Medicaid and that an additional $85 billion in aid would be directed to those between ages 50 and 65. (DeBonis, 3/20)