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WH looking to revive Obamacare repeal before 100-day deadline

WH looking to revive Obamacare repeal before 100-day deadline

An attempt to replace the ACA failed in dramatic fashion last month as House Republicans struggled to balance the concerns of conservative and moderate members of its caucus. Spreading the risk between people in good and bad health is fundamental not just to health care reform but to the very concept of health insurance, public or private.

In short, some leaders in the GOP conference might think they have a deal, but they also might have just found a way to make the bill even more unpalatable for Republicans, thus bringing Congress no closer at all.

That may make it hard to get a majority vote in the House Republican caucus, he says.

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

"What we're asking Americans to do is to be able to keep continuous coverage", Davis said.

"We believe it would be inappropriate to insist on the inclusion of such funding in a must-pass appropriations bill that is needed for the Republican majority in control of the Congress to avert a government shutdown so early in President Trump's Administration", the Senate Democratic leadership team wrote in a letter addressed to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on March 13. Underscoring the challenges Republicans face, one poll showed Monday that the public trusts Democrats over the GOP on health care by their biggest margin in almost a decade.

For instance, a person might not realize their skimpier plan doesn't cover certain services, especially if they didn't read the fine print, or they might end up needing things like mental health or substance abuse coverage down the road.

The $3 million campaign comes during a two-week congressional recess in which GOP lawmakers' town hall meetings have been rocked by liberal supporters of Obama's 2010 statute. The Staten Island centrist said he remained a no vote, partly because the legislation would increase Medicaid costs for New York City's five boroughs.

Vice President Mike Pence acknowledged Wednesday that some of the Trump administration's promises have not yet come to fruition, but he is confident that efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act will be fruitful. But in a bid for conservative support, states would be allowed to obtain federal waivers to abandon that obligation.

Without the community rating, insurers could charge people with preexisting conditions higher premiums and some policy experts fear this could price sick people out of the market. Freedom Caucus members have been careful not to criticize either Trump or Ryan publicly, preferring to frame their opposition as a kind of loyal rescue operation, but Trump's not backing away from it at all.

Ryan says Republicans are adding "finishing touches" to a new health care proposal, and sources say the text of a new bill could be released Friday. But moderates, including the Tuesday Group, balked, saying that this could severely harm the care of those with pre-existing conditions - one of the most popular parts of Obamacare. They don't necessarily vote as a bloc, and it is unclear how many colleagues MacArthur would bring with him to such an agreement.

The White House is anxious to pass legislation quickly, partly because Trump will likely hit his 100th day in office without a having signed a major piece of legislation.

"The press sort of reported there was like a give-up", he said.


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