Future of revamped health care bill remains dubious in House

Future of revamped health care bill remains dubious in House

Future of revamped health care bill remains dubious in House

Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Penn., a moderate who opposed the House GOP's Obamacare replacement bill in March, told NBC News that the proposed changes by MacArthur and Meadows aren't sufficient to make him change his mind. Ryan added that the Appropriations Committee has been working closely with the White House to ensure that "wherever we land will be a product the President can and will support".

As part of the White House drive to resuscitate the bill, members of Trump's team including Vice President Mike Pence and chief of staff Reince Priebus have made multiple calls to Republicans.

The Virginia Republican said that the Freedom Caucus is "still waiting on the official text" of the deal, but claimed that "we have language" to address both lowering premiums and coverage for pre-existing conditions.

"It'll happen. You'll see what happens", he said.

"One hundred days is the marker, and we've got essentially 2 1/2 weeks to turn everything around", an anonymous White House official was quoted recently by Politico as saying.

The revision is aimed at drawing enough support from Republican moderates and core conservatives. At the same time, he said, "so far I'm optimistic that it might help to bridge the divide".

"We're doing very well on healthcare".

"I don't think the budget's fully baked yet".

A Republican member familiar with the negotiations expressed some skepticism that the Freedom Caucus can actually deliver the votes they are promising.

The Senate Budget Committee is involved to make sure the plan complies with the Byrd Rule, which governs whether Congress can use the budget reconciliation process to lower the vote threshold. "I'd like to say next week".

Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the House from Wisconsin, hinted that the effort could be ready for a floor vote soon: "We're in the midst of negotiating sort of finishing touches", he said.

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As the president seeks more victories, the White House appears keen to take a stab at swiftly passing an Obamacare repeal - something candidate Trump had repeatedly pledged to do within his first 100 days as president.

But there are significant obstacles.

The MacArthur amendment is likely to get more members on board, but lobbyists and aides say it's unlikely the changes would win over enough votes to pass the House.

Meadows and his colleagues on the Freedom Caucus want to get rid of as many of Obamacare's insurance reforms, known as Title One for their section in the Affordable Care Act, as possible. "He has insisted during these discussions that any legislation must have protections for pre-existing conditions". "Let's do what people agree with now".

But in a bid for conservative support, states would be allowed to obtain federal waivers to abandon that obligation.

It does allow for states to apply for a waiver on the community rating, a mandate that limits the amount health insurance can charge certain people more.

Members are also discussing providing extra money to help defer states and insurers' costs for caring for the sick through high-risk pools or other mechanisms.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office forecast the earlier version of the plan would increase by 24 million the number of Americans without medical insurance by 2026.

Americans have not embraced the House bill that was pulled last month.

"Congress usually can not take on two big things at once", The New York Times says. Politically speaking, they don't want to go near health care until after the 2018 midterms, but Trump's ego has been bruised and he needs a legislative accomplishment, so health care legislation has devolved into a test of wills within the Republican Party. The new poll was conducted April 12-18 among 1,062 respondents in the United States and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

The March Quinnipiac poll was conducted March 16-21, and consisted of 1,056 respondents and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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