Conservative House group says ready to back latest U.S. healthcare bill

  • Conservative House group says ready to back latest U.S. healthcare bill

Conservative House group says ready to back latest U.S. healthcare bill

Still, this bodes well for President Trump's efforts to pass health care reform, though even with the Freedom Caucus on board, there are many obstacles to the AHCA's passage.

A large group of conservative Republicans and a leading pro-life group have announced their support for the legislation that would defund the Planned Parenthood abortion business and repeal Obamacare.

Ryan said he believed the two GOP factions would be "coalescing" around the amendment.

Many GOP opponents of the previous healthcare plan now realize they can not create entire replacement for Obamacare in a budget reconciliation plan and and some key reform measures must wait until separate bills are brought to a vote later.

Having bought themselves one week in averting a government shutdown, the House may or may not be considering wasting all that extra time this week on Zombie Trumpcare 3.0 and a Friday vote. "The amendment does, however, represent important progress in what has been a disastrous process".

The proposed changes would let states get federal waivers to some coverage requirements President Barack Obama's law imposed on insurers.

However, House Freedom Caucus Chair Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) seemed unfazed by the hypocrisy, declaring, "We've got bigger problems". Under the Meadows-MacArthur amendment, the waivers only apply to the individual market, not the small business market.

"Generally speaking, there's a lot of optimism", Meadows said. Influential conservative Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, was also now backing it, as was Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala.

For his part, House Speaker Paul Ryan - who last month pulled the GOP health care bill from the floor after it failed to secure enough votes - reacted favorably to the MacArthur amendment, calling it "very constructive". But a leading GOP moderate criticized the reshaped legislation as a conservative exercise in "blame-shifting and face-saving" that wasn't winning new support from party centrists, leaving its fate unclear.

While the group's support for the AHCA marks a significant development, it doesn't necessarily guarantee there are enough votes to pass the measure just yet.

"The concerns are what they've always been, and I'll have to look at what the amendment does, what the implications may be", Costello said. "We want to make sure they are protected". They also say high-risk pools have a history of being underfunded.

Other Republicans whose previously expressed concerns would not be solved by the new House bill include Sen.

But Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., remained a "no". "And when I don't get it replaced, if it's not replaced, then it reflects on my campaign".

While Donovan has long cited high premiums and deductibles as a main reason to favor a repeal and replacement, the version put forth had too many flaws, he said.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. points to a reporters during a media availability after a policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 25, 2017. The pledge will come as a relief to insurers and providers after the administration's earlier indication that it might withhold payments as a bargaining chip in this week's budget negotiations. Both Schumer and White House officials flashed conciliatory signals on that dispute as well.