Congress passes stopgap measure to fund government, averting shutdown
May 02 2017 by Kristina Bennett
Doggett says a healthcare bill depends on Republicans finding a way to reach agreement among themselves, too. That was an intervention even some Republicans said was not productive.
"We're close, but we have some work to do", said a GOP leadership aide granted anonymity to discuss the ongoing situation.
Democrats are also fighting other so-called policy riders Republicans want to attach to the spending bill, including those related to abortion access, regulations on financial services professionals and one that would limit oversight of various flavors of electronic cigarettes, aides said. Or, like Faso, are on the fence, leaving Republicans still without enough votes to win approval by the House.
Democrats seek to include funding for Puerto Rico's Medicaid plan in the next spending bill.
While the vote was not over, the chamber was on track to overwhelmingly to approve the weeklong measure and send it to the Senate.
Instead, Republicans had to be satisfied on Friday with simply keeping the lights on.
And while the new proposal still requires insurance companies to offer coverage to people with pre-existing conditions, it would kill a prohibition on charging those consumers significantly more for coverage.
During debate in the House, lawmakers expressed frustration at the inability of Congress to take care of the basic functions of government in a timely manner. While maintaining some parts of Obamacare, the American Health Care Act (ACHA) gets rid of the insurance mandate and changes the size and recipients of subsidies. "There is an equal co-branch of government called the legislature, and when it's properly exercised, it gives an [opportunity] for the minority from time to time to play a role".
The Republicans' latest math problem comes just hours after Gary Cohn, the director of the National Economic Council, insisted that not only did Republicans have the votes for the legislation but that the bill would be voted on this week. And following that defeat, the president tweeted, quote, "The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don't get on the team and fast", unquote.
Some have talked about being self-employed and receiving insurance through the Affordable Care Act only because of coverage for pre-existing conditions.
House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters that legislative leaders were making progress but added, "We're going to go when we have the votes", the Associated Press reported. "If you don't have the money, you don't have the money", she says.
The changes also heightened opposition from groups like the AARP, which had also opposed the earlier version, saying fewer people would be able to get coverage. In a statement, the AARP also said the revised bill is "even worse" than the failed original.
Trump said: "Pre-existing conditions are in the bill".
Those comments echoed Trump, who said in a series of Twitter messages Sunday that a "new healthcare plan is on its way" with "lower premiums & deductibles while at the same taking care of pre-existing conditions!" He wouldn't say whether she would support the bill as now written.
As it stands now, the count is "five or six" votes short of the 216 needed for passage, mostly moderate Republican holdouts and two House Freedom Caucus members who are facing intense pressure in their districts, according to a House source.
JORDAN: Well, I think the administration's off to a good start with Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court.