White House pushes uncertain bid to revive health care bill

White House pushes uncertain bid to revive health care bill

An outline of a deal has been crafted by Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, who heads the hard-line Freedom Caucus, and New Jersey Rep. Tom MacArthur, a Tuesday Group leader.

Congressmen David Joyce and Mike Turner of OH and U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman of Virginia all came out against the partial repeal bill from the left - meaning they felt it cut too much from former president Barack Obama's socialized medicine monstrosity.

"States must attest that the goal of their requested waiver is to reduce premium costs, increase the number of persons with healthcare coverage, or advance another benefit to the public interest in the state, including the guarantee of coverage for persons with pre-existing medical conditions", the plan says.

But under this Affordable Care Act replacement, states could seek waivers from many of those mandates if they demonstrate that premiums would be lowered, the number of insured people would increase or "the public interest of the state" would be advanced. 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.

In 2011, ME overhauled its system, creating what is called an invisible high-risk pool for individuals with pre-existing conditions. But in a bid for conservative support, states would be allowed to obtain federal waivers to abandon that obligation.

Congressional Republican leadership has struggled to make good on campaign promises to repeal and replace Obamacare. With Democrats solidly opposed, Republicans can lose no more than 21 House votes to prevail, and Ryan short-circuited a planned vote last month because more than that would have defected.

At the top of the list is so-called 'essential health benefits, ' a minimum standard of mandated benefits that conservatives believe drives up the cost of insurance. The GOP health-care bill as it stands would instead allow states to spell out essential health benefits.

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Moreover, the text of the new bill hasn't been released yet, and it hasn't been scheduled for a vote.

"My first instinct is that if you don't give me time to read something, there's probably something there that I'm not going to like, and that's why you're rushing it through", Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., told The Daily Signal.

Time would stand still in the U.S. Capitol with nobody on duty to wind the 200-year-old "Ohio Clock" just outside the Senate chamber. "I've really been negotiating this for two months, maybe even less than that, because we had a 30-day period where we did lots of other things the first 30 days".

Rules in the 100-seat Senate mean Trump's party also would need the support of at least eight Democrats even if the Republicans remain unified, giving the opposition party leverage.

Trump, who held a news conference at the White House after meeting with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, will travel to Italy for the Group of Seven industrial nations summit in May and declared he's "very much looking forward to meeting the pope".

The White House is pushing hard on the GOP-led Congress to pass a bill repealing and replacing much of President Barack Obama's health-care law, as Republicans have vowed to do for years. "If they tell us, however, that they recognize that President Trump won an election, and he should get some of his priorities funded for that reason, elections have consequences, as folks who win always like to say".

Ryan, too, said his conference continues to make progress on a plan.

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