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Critics Warn 'Phase 2' Won’t Save Health Care Plan

In the next phase, the White House will lower premiums with tweaks to regulations

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    Critics Warn 'Phase 2' Won’t Save Health Care Plan
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    File - House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) explains the Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act during his weekly news conference at the U.S. Capitol March 9, 2017 in Washington, DC.

    Things aren't looking great for the Republican health care bill after the Congressional Budget Office estimated it would lead to 24 million more people without insurance and skyrocketing costs for older customers, NBC News reported.

    But the White House and GOP leaders say that's only part of the story. 

    The Republicans' "American Health Care Act" is only "Phase One" of their plan. In "Phase Two," the White House will lower premiums with tweaks to regulations. In "Phase Three," they'll pass new legislation to fill in gaps that can't be addressed through the budget process.

    "The fact of the matter is with our whole plan every single American will have access to coverage," Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said on the "Today" show.

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    (Published Friday, June 23, 2017)