White House pushes uncertain bid to revive health care bill

White House pushes uncertain bid to revive health care bill

Trump's party can not afford defections because Democrats remain unified against the Republican quest to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, Democratic former President Barack Obama's signature domestic policy achievement, dubbed Obamacare.

Murmurs Thursday morning of a compromise bill between the Freedom Caucus and the Tuesday Group - the far-right and centrist House Republican Groups, respectively - were tempered a few hours later.

"I want to get both", Trump said Thursday at a news conference with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni at the White House.

"I think we're in good shape", he told reporters Friday.

The newest iteration of the bill, as indicated in the MacArthur Amendment, will reinstate essential health benefits as the federal standard and keep the key provisions of the original AHCA bill, which was scuttled last month after the GOP lacked the votes to pass it.

It remains unclear whether the proposal can succeed in changing any votes. Although a unified Republican conference would not need Democratic support to advance legislation, some budget hawks are likely to vote against the deal, leaving the GOP with a narrow margin for error.

Brat said he expects the new plan will "lower the price of health care" using "free markets as much as we can".

MacArthur spokeswoman Camille Gallo said the lawmaker's amendment would "protect the most vulnerable Americans".

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.

But proponents of it, including many moderates, point out that while insurers can't turn away a sick person, they could charge so much as to make care unaffordable.

A senior House Republican aide said it was not clear whether the latest Republican plan can attract 216 votes in the House, adding that without a legislative text it was not possible to do a vote count to assess its chances.

By ending the Obamacare requirement to cover 10 categories of so-called "essential health benefits", which, before Obamacare, were not "essential", we again have insurance and not a massive new entitlement.

"I don't know that there's going to be a vote", Meadows told IJR before the break, "but if there's a vote called, it'll pass".

But Congress must pass a budget by April 28 that would fund the government through the rest of the fiscal year, which ends September 30, and insurers worry the cost-sharing program will be defunded.

But other Republicans have expressed skepticism related to progress on the health care front, pointing to the hurdle of an internal divide between moderate and conservative GOP House members that stalled the initial attempt to repeal and replace President Barack Obama's signature legislation.

And while health insurance premiums would have been lower for some consumers, many older and lower-income Americans would have been priced out of coverage by the GOP plan. "When you have a problem in business, you don't say 'I can't get it done, so I'll just close my doors.' Work hard to fix it".

Lawmakers are looking at allowing states to obtain waivers to opt out of some of these protections, but requiring states to attest that the waiver's goal is to reduce the cost of health care or increase the number of insured.

Conservatives said the plan didn't combat the rising cost of premiums, while centrists anxious sick patients would be deprived of access to affordable, quality health insurance.

For their part, Republicans have said they can't begin exchanging formal budget offers with Democrats until Democratic leaders show they can pass their tax measures.

Apart from work on repealing the health care overhaul, Republican lawmakers also continue to face substantial pressure from the insurance industry to fund the law's cost-sharing subsidies that provide funding to lower-income individuals to help with payments for out-of-pocket costs such as copays and deductibles.

President Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans who control Congress face their first major budget test next week, with the threat of a US government shutdown potentially hinging on his proposed Mexican border wall as well as Obamacare funding.

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