House Freedom Caucus Backs Revised Obamacare Replacement Bill
May 01 2017 by Lorena Waters
"This is a make-or-break week for Zombie Trumpcare", said Topher Spiro, a top official with the liberal think tank, Center for American Progress.
But House Republicans are not keen to repeat last month's debacle, when their leaders acquiesced to Trump's demand for a floor vote on the bill, only to unceremoniously yank the measure after determining it could not pass.
"We're close, and moving in the right direction, but not close enough to risk it", the aide toldCNN. This could even be a good reason for the House leadership to bury it altogether before that can happen. But there is unquestionably work to do.
Conservatives embraced the revisions as a way to lower people's health care expenses, but moderates saw them as diminishing coverage because insurers could make policies for their most ill - and expensive - customers too costly for them to afford.
Today, the group said its members would support the health care bill if the MacArthur Amendment is included. Ryan could only spare 20 votes from his side of the aisle - no Democrat will vote for a bill repealing the ACA - so he had no path to passing the legislation.
House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday he was "confident" the government would keep running, but placed any threat of a shutdown on Democrats.
On the spending bill, minority Democrats had threatened to withhold support for the temporary spending bill unless there was a bipartisan deal on the long-term $1 trillion measure. "But this amendment calls into question that protection, that guarantee", Dent said Friday.
If that happens, some USA counties would be left with fewer health plan options in 2018, he said.
He added, "I think anybody who is wavering feels some pressure because the vast majority of our conference wants to pass this bill". The Hill's "Whip List" shows that 19 Republicans are planning to vote "no" on the revised legislation.
She faces having to go before her constituents again at a town hall meeting in Plattsburgh, potentially a few days after a health care vote. He abruptly canceled a vote on a health care overhaul at that time because of opposition from moderates and conservatives alike. The blanket waiver of essential health benefits at least should be of concern to some moderate Republicans.
Mulvaney sparred with Pelosi over the phone on Tuesday evening over health care and in a series of public statements on Wednesday. "And so with what we have now, I've come on board because of the changes that have been made which drastically impact premium costs", explains Hice who represents Georgia's Tenth District, which extends eastward from the Atlanta suburbs. Under the newly-adopted amendment to the bill, states could apply for waivers to Obamacare's community ratings-essentially, the cost protections for the sick and the elderly.
If they want to stay in the marketplace and continue improving their bottom lines, "they will have to increase premiums", he said.
The latest round of negotiations is also further splitting the Republican conference.
He said MacArthur was not speaking for the Tuesday Group and acknowledged there had been "some frustration" over his efforts.
Unlike the architects of the current health care law, congressional Republicans have not reached out to insurance companies, health care providers, hospitals or any direct stakeholders before crafting legislation.
It's an unenviable choice for these lawmakers: Vote for an unpopular bill that experts say would hurt people with pre-existing conditions, or risk getting blamed for refusing to help their party repeal Obamacare, not to mention buck their own president.