Loudermilk gets on board with GOP health bill after Trump meeting

WASHINGTON — One of Georgia’s two Republican holdouts on the party’s Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill now says he’s a ‘yes’ after huddling with President Donald Trump.

U.S. Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville, was one of about a dozen members of the conservative Republican Study Committee to huddle with Trump at the White House this morning to discuss the GOP’s American Health Care Act.

Loudermilk said a deal to tweak the bill that the group cut with the president and House GOP leaders was enough to earn his endorsement.

“I think we’re on an upward path,” Loudermilk said in an interview on Friday afternoon. “There still will probably be a few changes along the way, but I think those changes are just going to improve the bill for conservatives like me.”

The agreement the group cut, which came together within the last 24 hours, would:

  • Give states the option to block grant Medicaid
  • Institute work requirements for able-bodied Medicaid recipients
  • Block the tax credits the bill grants people to help purchase health coverage from being used to pay for abortions


Loudermilk said the deal would aid Georgia. The second-term Republican had previously expressed concerns that the initial bill was unfair to states that did not expand Medicaid under Obamacare.

“Being a non-expansion state, we can take a per-capita block grant and basically customize Medicaid to the needs of the state,” he said Friday. “It gives us full flexibility, and that’s really what the governors have been looking for.”

For the time being, the only other Georgia Republican holdout on the health care bill that we know of is U.S. Rep. Jody Hice. He previously expressed concerns that were similar to Loudermilk’s.

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Sue Anne Morgan
Sue Anne Morgan

Our elected public servants should be un-elected ASAP.

Rosa Gonzalez
Rosa Gonzalez

They need to think more for the retired person, for the ones who have a sickness diseased like Cancer, diabetes and more retired person doesn't have the enough money to paid for those expensive medicine,they have to think If they paid theeir rent ,buying food or paid their prescriptions I hope our President help all those who are in needs

Cathy Johnson Janusek
Cathy Johnson Janusek

Exactly, but they don't care because those people cost the most to the insurance companies because they need to use the services. It's all about the rich getting richer.

Jenny Thompson
Jenny Thompson

This Ga republican with not be voting for any representative that vote to pass this bill that will hurt seniors and others that can lest afford these changes in heath care cost.

Desiree Beyer Green
Desiree Beyer Green

single payer is the only thing tht will work. Get insurance OUT of healthcare

George Olney
George Olney

The plan is dangerous and a redistribution of wealth to the super rich

Greg P Bates
Greg P Bates

The first improvement would be for all the 17 States that refused to join the plan to join. They are the states that are having the big cost increases.

Larry Williamson
Larry Williamson

Good. It will not be perfect but it will be better than obamacare.

Patricia Rathbun
Patricia Rathbun

NO GET THESE IDIOTS OUT IF HERE. WHY IS NO ONE LISTENING TO US? SO MANY WILL DIE WITH OUT REAL HEALTHCARE!!!!!

Rocky Buldo
Rocky Buldo

By nature this Smoke Screen isn't a Healthcare Bill It's a tax cut designed to Privatize the Profit and Socialize the Losses.

Ellen Davidson
Ellen Davidson

We have to do something people. A change is nec lawessary. Trump is asking any lawmaker with an improvement to come forward. If you will not work now to improve the bill don't whine later!

Megan McCollough
Megan McCollough

Unfortunately he is unwilling to meet with Democrats on this issue and get their input. All they are stuck with now is the highly unpopular Ryan plan for Trumpcare which does not solve any problems with the current system nor the promises Trump made to his voters.

Ellen Davidson
Ellen Davidson

Megan McCollough Then why was Trump on TV yesterday saying ANYONE who has an improvement bring it forward? He is willing the Democrats are not willing to work with the Republicans - when the bill is done without their input it will be their fault because he has asked for input from ALL sides.

Megan McCollough
Megan McCollough

People need to start realizing not to believe anything Trump says but instead what he does. Has he invited Democrats to the WH to help with the changes? Until he truly meets and considers the Democrats ideas in the new plan what he says is useless.

Ellen Davidson
Ellen Davidson

Megan McCollough Yes he has invited them several times, it is their job to work for us and get people what they need. He has invited the Black Caucus several times. You are very ill informed.

Ellen Davidson
Ellen Davidson

Megan McCollough That is absolutely FALSE. He had pizza and bowling last week for ALL parties and has said publicly he wants Democrats input. Why don't you get your info straight from the white house instead of rag news outlets, Trump puts out everything he does daily for you to see for yourself.

Megan McCollough
Megan McCollough

Name ONE democrat that was at the bowling and pizza party for healthcare reform, please. He has not reached out to Dems on this topic although he wants their votes to support it (which they never will because of the damage the proposed bill will do to Americans). It is true they were in legislative committees trying to offer suggestions and fixes but none were accepted or implemented in the new bill. Trump may have given a blanket statement asking for Dem help but no direct invitations have been extended by the WH. Republicans would love the votes but not the ideas Dems have to offer. In fact, Dems are also very willing to offer input and ideas in order to reform and repair the existing ACA, if given the chance. I agree with you original statement, we do have to do something.

Doug Rogers
Doug Rogers

Loudermilk has always been a sellout. What ever brings him to most bribes I mean campaign contribution's

Debbie Karvey
Debbie Karvey

Now this pisses me off!! This is pure political ambition. How can anyone care about their country if they take a sycophant posture and support a bill that does more harm than good?

Randall James
Randall James

I'm telling you, #45 is a Slitheen! Either that or everyone in the GOP is a heartless, brainless, spineless, corrupt baby just like him...

David Phillips
David Phillips

Dr Krauthammer is correct. The house GOP needs to load up the bill with everything they want and pass the bill on to the senate, where democrats will filibuster. Next year when 0bamacare is on its last leg and premiums have again gone through the roof, let the democrat senate face the voters. One more year of pain to get Washington out of the healthcare business.

Howard Smith
Howard Smith

And leave tens of millions of Americans without healthcare, and the worst healthcare sytem for its citizens of all developed nations...good plan..

David Phillips
David Phillips

Would not happen. Obamacare is going to fail. Can't be stopped. Democrats will not allow changes.

Howard Smith
Howard Smith

David Phillips You mean how Republicans, the party of NO! during Obama's presidency, refused to cooperate on passing ACA or ever being wiling to amend and improve it...They still are on willing to do so. And, according to the CBO 24 million Americans will lose medical insurance coverage under the Republican plan...you are aware of that right? You also know that the AMA, the AHA, ANA and the AARP among other groups oppose the GOP plan...you know that right?

Shelton Brown Jr
Shelton Brown Jr

Check the stats and you'll see that narrative is false. What will happen is if they repeal it insurers will have to refund premiums. Anyone who has seen this play out knows the right is lying and the problem with the ACA is with politicians, insurers and doctors who have conspired to make it look like a failure.

Kris Henningsen
Kris Henningsen

Howard Smith The democrats wouldn't allow any republican input genius

Jamie Weisman
Jamie Weisman

David Phillips democrats have tried to get Republicans to work on improving the ACA for 8 years. All Republicans wanted was repeal. Most Americans want it improved not this disastrous AHCA bill. You don't get to rewrite history.

David Phillips
David Phillips

0bamacare if it survives will provide every American with the world class healthcare system available at the VA.

David Phillips
David Phillips

Jamie Weisman, history will hang the ACA around the neck of the party that is 100% responsible for 0bamacare, the democrat party.

Bobby Lamb
Bobby Lamb

"TrumpCare bill harms tens of millions of Americans if passed. Read the whole report, but here are the most important statistics: 1. The bill (AHCA) will throw 14 million people off their existing insurance plans by 2018 and 24 million by 2026. That's like taking health insurance away from the entire nation of Australia. 2. The bill will leave 52 million Americans without health insurance in 2026. That's like stripping health insurance from everyone in South Korea. 3. The bill will cut Medicaid by $880 billion. That is not a typo. 4. The bill will increase premiums by 20% for those who are allowed to keep their plans. Can you afford to pay 20% more for your current health insurance plan? That's what this bill forces you to do. 5. The bill will give $592 billion in tax cuts to the wealthiest individuals and corporations in this country. This is appalling."

Paul Leonard
Paul Leonard

When is this guy up for reelection ? The people of his district will let him know how it feels to be sold out .

Liz Bracey
Liz Bracey

Don't be so sure, Georgia tends to mindlessly vote the same people into office. Party over country

Andre Myers
Andre Myers

I cant help but laugh at you people. Its not Pres Trumps plan till he signs it so far its Ryans ...smdh

Andre Myers
Andre Myers

If if if damn is it to hard for you to comprehend

Lynn Bollinger
Lynn Bollinger

Yeah, well, who's going to vote for it and who's going to support it and who's going to see that ALL Americans have actual access to affordable healthcare? That is the real question and there is no humor in it!

Andre Myers
Andre Myers

Trump already said he wont vote for it unless changes are made

Liz Bracey
Liz Bracey

If no one complains this plan passes. See how that works?

Andre Myers
Andre Myers

You might want to pay attention to sometging other then bookman

Andre Myers
Andre Myers

Like it affordable now give me a break

Andre Myers
Andre Myers

No thats not how it works nothing has PASSED he already said he wont sign as written dont put the cart before the horse

Liz Bracey
Liz Bracey

He's the POTUS who ran an entire campaign on repeal and replace. He is 100% responsible for the outcome.

Andre Myers
Andre Myers

You damn dems are all doom and gloow when it suits your needs

Megan McCollough
Megan McCollough

Trump just wants a "win" and to claim he did what was promised. He really could care less about any plan--just a notch on his winner belt. He has not been involved in the process at all and just signed on to the Ryan plan because it was easier. Remember, “nobody knew that health care could be so complicated" ? Yeah, we all knew that it would be hard work (and virtually impossible) to live up to his campaign promises. Seems like he gave up (or maybe never even tried) because it was complicated and is just glomming on to Ryan and his unacceptable proposals.

Andre Myers
Andre Myers

Its a lot better then oh we gotta pass it to find out whats in it

Liz Bracey
Liz Bracey

Megan McCollough Yep, we could simply rename the ACA "Trumpcare" and people would be fine with it. Obama's name on it is the problem.

Andre Myers
Andre Myers

You 2 are morons i dont care what name you would call what we have right now it sucks and has to be changed

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