White House pushes uncertain bid to revive health care bill

Katrina Soto
April 22, 2017

Tax experts say the proposal's future depends on whether the White House backs it. President Donald Trump, who dislikes the term "border adjustment", said on Tuesday his tax reform plan would create "a level playing field" for us industry - a phrase widely viewed as referring to some kind of border tax. Democrats have signaled they would not cooperate if it contains money for one of Trump's top priorities, a southwestern border wall meant to combat illegal immigration, or if it ends federal subsidies to help low-income people buy health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, which Republicans want to repeal.

"The plan gets better and better and better. I think we're still talking about what plan is going to work to get the votes to pass the House". "I would like to say next week, but it will be ..."

House Republicans have a conference call scheduled for Saturday where members will be briefed on the latest health care and government funding developments.

"I think there could be a compromise and bipartisan agreement", Murphy said. They cited the higher priority of passing a spending bill within days to avert a government shutdown, uncertainty over details of the developing health agreement and a need to sell it to lawmakers.

Moreover, while the bill putatively preserves the ban on denying people coverage for pre-existing conditions, which President Trump has repeatedly pledged to protect, most people would agree that this provision isn't worth much if insurers can charge sick people any amount. Donovan, an opponent of the original Republican health-care bill, said the proposed amendment "really doesn't address the concerns that I had". The bill would repeal President Barack Obama's health care law and replace it with less generous subsidies and eased insurance requirements.

A White House effort to win House approval next week for an ObamaCare repeal bill is running head-on into a divided GOP conference struggling to reconcile its differences.

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Brokered by Tuesday Group co-chairman Tom MacArthur, R-N.J., and House Freedom Caucus chairman Mark Meadows, R-N.C., the "MacArthur Amendment" offers concessions to the centrist and conservative wings of the GOP, which opposed the House GOP's bill for different reasons.

The United States will not be negotiating directly with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un anytime soon, Vice President Mike Pence told CNN in an exclusive interview. The waivers allow states to opt out of ACA standards setting minimum benefits that health plans must offer.

Insurers responding to the survey said it was too early for them to set their rate proposals for next year as they need to do more analysis on this year's performance and risk pools.

Dave Brat, R-Va., arrives at the White House, Thursday, March 23, 2017, in Washington. He said that assuming the outline is translated into legislative text he backs and is added to the health care bill, he would now support the legislation and believes most of Freedom Caucus' three dozen members would also back it.

Two sources close to the health care legislative process told CNN on Wednesday that the renewed effort comes as Congress returns from recess next week and the Trump administration is fielding questions about its legislative accomplishments during its first 100 days in office.

"Most of the 12 lawmakers were, at best, lukewarm on the health care bill that Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan scrapped last month", Gomez's report continues.

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