White House pushes uncertain bid to revive health care bill

  • White House pushes uncertain bid to revive health care bill

White House pushes uncertain bid to revive health care bill

The White House is pressing House Republicans to rally behind a revised bill so GOP leaders can schedule a vote this coming week that could let Trump fulfill a 100-days promise.

The party has long promised to repeal Obama's 2010 health care law, and the House bill would replace it with less generous subsidies and eased insurance requirements.

Privately, Republicans who work in Congress are grousing that Trump still hasn't figured out how to guide legislation through their hallways.

The chamber's GOP leaders, burned by a March debacle on the measure, were dubious and signs were scant that an emerging plan was gaining enough votes to succeed.

According to a draft of the amendment obtained by Politico, the plan allows states to apply for "limited waivers" to opt out of Obamacare insurance mandates-a change created to address conservatives' concerns with the legislation. At the same time, the deal would allow states the option to maintain insurance protections.

But they've found themselves at an impasse over the last few weeks, as moderates anxious about depriving consumers of certain health-care benefits and conservatives felt the GOP plan left too much of the Democrats' health-care law in place.

To do that, Democrats have proposed raising about $7.2 billion in taxes over the next four years, relying mainly on proposed changes to business taxes, a new capital gains tax and increased taxes on the sales of high-value homes. It was Rep. Greg Walden, a lead author of the AHCA, who put the consensus state of health care reform best that Friday afternoon: "This bill is dead". Chris Murphy, D-Conn. "Everybody hated it..."

The proposal retains numerous popular consumer protections of the Affordable Care Act, including ensuring that people with pre-existing medical conditions can not be refused coverage or charged more.

"(President Donald Trump) said yes.

There will be a House GOP conference call on Saturday to discuss the upcoming legislative agenda following the Easter recess, according to a Republican lawmaker, where health care is expected to come up.

"Throughout this negotiation process Congressman MacArthur has been fighting to protect the most vulnerable Americans".

House Republicans have been away from Washington for the past two weeks and, for some, town halls held in their districts have drawn anger from constituents over the failed healthcare proposal, which the Congressional Budget Office estimated would result in 24 million people losing or dropping health insurance coverage over a decade. It's worth remembering that it took Obama well over a year to pass his signature health care law. "We're still negotiating."Brat said he expects the new plan will "lower the price of health care" using "free markets as much as we can". To get those waivers, states would need to have high-risk pools - government-backed insurance for the most seriously ill people, a mechanism that has often failed for lack of sufficient financing. Insurers say the penalty is not high enough. But these pools have traditionally been poorly funded, leaving many people with potentially expensive pre-existing medical conditions without affordable coverage, if they can buy a plan at all. "I believe we will get it, and whether it is next week or shortly thereafter".

But the language may not be embraced by all of MacArthur's fellow House Republican centrists.

That means they're likely to be dropped, as it is not in the political interest of Trump or Republican congressional leaders to provoke a crisis.

Meanwhile, Congress has five working days until government funding expires.

Earlier this week, insurance executives met with Seema Verma, the new head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the agency in charge of the Affordable Care Act. "If we get it done the week after, great", Spicer said.

Complicating matters, there's a government-shutdown deadline a week from today, and when lawmakers return to Capitol Hill next week, they're going to have to work quickly to keep the lights on.

"With that said, what we can say is that we continue to be concerned about stabilizing the marketplace", Donnelly said.