White House pushes uncertain bid to revive health care bill
Apr 22 2017 by Alex Thomas
But House GOP leaders face the same problem that's plagued them for seven years of trying to concoct a plan for repealing Obama's 2010 law: The party's conservatives and moderates are at odds over how to do it.
"I know that our team has continued to work with members of the House in particular to see if there's a way forward", Spicer said.
The House GOP has created an amendment to the American Health Care Act (AHCA), a product of ongoing negotiation between House leadership, moderate Republicans, and the conservative members of the Freedom Caucus.
Republicans have called Obamacare a government overreach.
"The No. 1 priority is government funding when we return", the source said. The market for individual insurance plans is on shaky ground, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has warned the White House to tread carefully lest it send some providers into a death spiral.
There's still no legislative text to look over, so it's hard to figure out if congressional Republicans will support this new agreement.
"We are still in the same place we've been with no timetable or set date" for a vote, a White House aide said.
"Throughout this negotiation process Congressman MacArthur has been fighting to protect the most vulnerable Americans". Much of the concern continues to center on gutting Obamacare's protections for those with pre-existing conditions. The GOP can bring those proposals up separately and, if the votes are there, pass them.
The second-ranking House Democrat, Representative Steny Hoyer, told his fellow Democrats that they should only support such a short-term measure if a deal on long-term bill is reached and only finishing touches remained, the aide said. Funding for most departments and agencies of the federal government runs out on April 28.
With those changes appearing more likely to be added to the health care bill, moderate members may be compelled to push back.
WASHINGTON ― GOP moderates and conservatives are nearing a deal on health care that in theory could get the Republican alternative to the Affordable Care Act out of the House and over to the Senate. "I think only the people directly involved in the talks have a very clear idea of what's happening", Cole said. With special permission from the federal government, states could write their own essential health benefits and allow insurers to charge those with preexisting conditions higher premiums, as long as they also make a high-risk pool available to those patients.
The House legislation would dismantle the Obamacare extensive system for expanding health insurance coverage to millions of Americans, cutting almost $1 trillion in federal aid that has allowed states to expand the Medicaid safety net programs and scaling back tax subsidies that help millions of low- and middle-income Americans buy commercial health plans.
After specifying that these popular provisions will stay, the amendment then gives states the right to snatch them away.
In the meantime, outside groups are stepping up their pressure on Republicans.
In its latest national poll, released this week, Quinnipiac asked respondents an interesting question: "Do you think that Republicans in Congress should try to repeal and replace Obamacare again, or do you think they should move on to other issues?"
KEITH: The Trump administration is seemingly feeling some pressure there.
House Republicans are throwing cold water on hopes there will be a vote next week on a revived ObamaCare repeal-and-replace bill.