At Friday's roundtable, Cicilline said Republicans have been dragging their feet to repeal and replace Obamacare for years.
Medicaid expansion could be the first thing to go when Obamacare is repealed and replaced under a plan outlined by House Republicans this week. He provided no details.
Hoping to quell any jitters, Price, who served in the House before becoming HHS secretary, told Republican lawmakers that on Obamacare repeal, "The president is all in on this. let's go shoulder to shoulder, arm to arm", according to a source who attended the meeting.
"I want them to continue to be able to have coverage".
Tax credits for people who don't have insurance through an employer or government agency, which would be paid in advance and not apply to plans that cover abortions. In their place, there would be refundable tax credits and health savings accounts people could use to help afford coverage - proposals Democrats have mocked as inadequate.
Medicaid blends federal and state funding to insure children and adults with low incomes.
HSAs are a favorite among conservatives because they encourage people to save and plan for their health spending and to shop around for price. The plan is based on one outlined last summer by House Speaker Paul Ryan.
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Republicans would be foolish to allow themselves to be reduced to inaction by Democratic scare tactics about how voters will punish them for taking away their Obamacare "benefits", which all can be far better provided through intelligently constructed free-market individual choice and competition.
Thursday's closed-door meeting came with Congress about to start a weeklong recess. There is a split in the Republican Party over whether there should be a rapid repeal, or if Republicans should take a more cautious approach. Lawmakers are eager to have something to show constituents.
Republican leaders are only too aware that once programs like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid get established, trying to get rid of them, or even downsize them, can be politically toxic.
The time has arrived for Republicans to keep their six year promise to repeal and replace Obamacare, but with so much disagreement on the particulars, they're making little headway. "If you don't have any money it's hard to buy something", he said. "Everything we've worked for, and the progress we stand to make going forward, is under attack", he said.
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady told reporters there is "a range of options" for giving states more say over Medicaid, an important tool for delivering medical coverage to the poor under Obamacare.
The Medicaid expansion aspect of replacement is likely to be one of the more thorny issues the GOP has to debate, and there's no signs yet that Republicans are close to consensus on how to deal with it. That disbursement of funds has caused major rifts between GOP-led states that increased their Medicaid coverage and don't want to lose that money, and states that didn't expand but want extra funds now.