Lawmakers weigh White House offer to revive health care bill

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05 April, 2017

The renewed GOP effort to repeal and replace Obamacare could be bad news for those with pre-existing conditions.

Even as people in good health would get to spend less, people in poor health would have to pay more ― much, much more.

Because Trump is not an ideologue, he is in a unique position to negotiate the enactment of truly bipartisan comprehensive health-care reform with Congress. "We all want to see President Trump succeed in every way", he said.

You could say much the same about Trump, whose views on a host of issues - immigration, free trade, property rights, abortion and more - have often stood in tension with Republican orthodoxy, when they were not contradicting it outright.

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"I'm not going to raise expectations, but I think that there are more and more people coming to the table with more and more ideas about how to grow that vote", Spicer said.

The White House and the GOP are re-starting negotiations on a replacement to Obamacare.

The Trump-Ryan plan would have eliminated the subsidies based on income in favor of tax credits based on age. "And then when you see the language, it isn't what you spoke about", Perry said.

But behind the scenes, there was also some obvious outreach going on to bring other Republicans on board, like Rep. Dan Webster (R-FL), who wants provisions in the bill dealing with how Medicaid reimburses for nursing home beds - a big deal in his home state of Florida.

"Hypothetically if you repealed [the regulations] at the federal level it would have no impact in NY because of state law", Faso said. "He delivered it and it was damaged goods", Ruddy said of the health legislation.

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On Saturday, Dan Scavino, the White House social media director, sent out a tweet calling for the defeat of Rep. Justin Amash, a Freedom Caucus member from MI.

The 41-year-old Hyde Amendment, which has to be approved each year as part of the budget for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, prohibits tax dollars from paying for abortion except in cases of rape, incest, or threat to the woman's life. "We went there last night and he'll meet with a broader group tonight to try and flesh this out". After dealing initially dealing with the House Freedom Caucus with a carrot, Trump has settled on a stick, promising to "fight" Freedom Caucus members along with Democrats in 2018.

Back then, insurers would routinely use higher premiums to discourage enrollment from people with health problems.

On Sunday morning, he tweeted out a more positive message about unity on health care - "Anybody (especially Fake News media) who thinks that Repeal & Replace of Obamacare is dead does not know the love and strength in R Party!" - and later went golfing with Sen. Rand Paul - a vocal opponent of the GOP's most recent healthcare bill - to talk politics over a round of golf.

"We just needed to have these conversations earlier", Brat said in a basement hallway crowded with reporters.

The proposal being floated by the White House at this point would give states the opportunity to opt out of some Obamacare regulations including the requirement that insurers cover Essential Health Benefits like maternity care or substance abuse, a version of which was already included in the previous House bill.

Republicans entertained a fresh White House offer to revise the party's failed health care bill Tuesday as the GOP tried to resuscitate the measure that crashed spectacularly less than two weeks ago.

The meeting came after Trump told NBC News he is serious about reaching a deal on health care and believes reaching consensus among Republicans is a better way forward than working with Democrats.

"I feel pressure, yes, I do: I feel pressure to say no", he said.


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