Republicans consider deal on health-care bill


Senior Republicans appear unconvinced a revised health-care bill would ensure passage in the House.

Mulvaney said the White House isn't enthusiastic about Democratic demands on the Obamacare payments but is open to them as part of a broader agreement. "There is no legislative text and therefore no agreement to do a whip count on", a senior GOP leadership aide said.

"I wanna get both", Trump said at a press conference at the White House with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni. So I want to bring NPR White House correspondent Tamara Keith into the conversation here.

"I don't think there are any credible sources you can rely on for dictating the road forward", Gurda said.

House Republicans plan a conference call Saturday with Ryan and other leaders to discuss the health-care bill as well as spending legislation to keep the government operating when current funding expires at the end of the day April 28. "He has insisted during these discussions that any legislation must have protections for pre-existing conditions", his office wrote on a social media post Thursday.

"But (we) reiterated our most pressing concern: the instability in the individual market created by the uncertainty of funding for the cost sharing reduction (CSR) program", Grow said.

Some members of the president's team have grown consumed by that deadline, worrying that appraisals of the president's tenure will be brutal and hoping that a last push on health care might bring a measure of salvation. "I think only the people directly involved in the talks have a very clear idea of what's happening", Cole said.

The results weren't close: only 36% of the public wants GOP lawmakers to keep trying, while 60% want Republicans to move on. "As soon as we solve that, we can have a vote", he said.

Still, he characterized a funding lapse as "unlikely" and says the White House remains "confident that we're not going to have a shutdown".

Mr Ryan sent a mixed message about the bill's prospects in remarks on Wednesday to reporters in London.

The renewed effort comes as Congress returns from recess next week and as the Trump administration is fielding questions about its legislative accomplishments during its first 100 days in office.

But there are significant obstacles. But Congress will have its plate full next week, as it rushes to pass a government spending bill and, perhaps more important than passing a new health care bill, needs to come together to avoid a government shutdown.

And there are serious philosophical divides between the House's more moderate and conservative members.

Greg Walden is one of a number of GOP Congressmen who don't want to dismantle protections for people with preexisting conditions, which is a pretty big obstacle to a deal. Remember, it took Obamacare 17 months.

Health insurers are concerned the GOP health bill eliminates the Obamacare requirement most people purchase insurance. In order to obtain the waiver, states would have to participate in a federal high-risk pool or establish their own, and satisfy some other conditions. This new proposal still allows states to waive out of it, but with the addition of the high-risk pool requirement. The proposal would allow states to opt out of existing rules prohibiting insurers from charging sick people more for coverage, thus making hard-line conservatives happy.

Despite rolling back key pillars of Obamacare, the House bill still generated fierce resistance from many conservative lawmakers, who said it did not go far enough.