Conservative Groups Jeopardize GOP Plan to Repeal Affordable Care Act – By  Michelle Hackman Updated March 5, 2017 4:58 p.m. ET


Conservative groups pushing back against Speaker Paul Ryan’s plan

House Speaker Paul Ryan’s plan includes elements some conservative groups oppose, including a commitment to temporarily maintain an expanded form of Medicaid.

House Speaker Paul Ryan’s plan includes elements some conservative groups oppose, including a commitment to temporarily maintain an expanded form of Medicaid. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

WASHINGTON—Conservative groups are raising alarms over central provisions of the House GOP’s emerging plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act, pushing lawmakers to buck House Speaker Paul Ryan and oppose the Republican blueprint.

The groups—including Heritage Action, the Club for Growth and Freedom Partners, an organization funded by billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch—are troubled by the notion of refundable tax credits to help consumers pay for health insurance, a central tenet of Mr. Ryan’s plan that President Donald Trump appeared to endorse in his address to Congress last week.

They also are deeply opposed to a commitment to temporarily maintain an expanded form of Medicaid, as numerous GOP governors are demanding.

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