White House offer on health care bill gets mixed reviews
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 05, 2017,
Apr 05, 2017, 17:41
Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) tweeted Monday night that the conservative House Freedom Caucus "had a good mtg with @VP Pence re health care".
Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Ohio, was among several moderates warning that a quick vote would be counter-productive.
Later in the day, Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., his party's chief vote counter, said talks were not at "a place where there is consensus" on health care and indicated a vote this week was unlikely.
In the final hours before the GOP bill collapsed last month, the Freedom Caucus convinced Republican leaders to weaken Obamacare's essential health benefits' measure, leaving it to the states to determine what services should be covered.
The objective of the meeting was to hash out differences between Republican factions over a health-care proposal as the White House aims for a quick vote on the legislation before Congress leaves Washington for a two-week recess scheduled to begin on Friday.
The only thing they fear is a primary, and the president is the one person who could do that.
A vast majority of Americans want the Trump administration to try to find a way to save ObamaCare, according to a new poll released Tuesday.
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The proposal under discussion among conservative House Freedom Caucus members and the White House would allow states to opt out of two key Affordable Care Act provisions: essential health benefits, which require insurers to cover certain services, and community rating, which bars carriers from charging consumers based on their medical history or gender.
Conservatives like the idea because it would bring down premiums for many healthier people, who would be able to purchase less comprehensive insurance at a lower rate.
The whole point of health insurance is to protect people from financial ruin just because they happen to be injured or sick.
It's far less than conservatives had hoped for in negotiations.
"The biggest change was putting the essential health benefits back in, " said Representative Chris Collins, Republican of NY, a leading moderate and Trump loyalist. The talks also ignore the fact that numerous GOP's "no" votes were based on the legislation's sweeping changes to how Medicaid is funded, and the current negotiations don't address those concerns at all. "If they don't come down we will have failed", Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) told reporters early Tuesday evening.
"For some reason, some in the media think that we vote lock step with each other".
"When you have the federal government with a top down mandate, it's either it all right, or all wrong, or somewhere in between", Brooks told reporters.
A new proposal from the White House and GOP leaders to revive ObamaCare repeal is facing pushback from centrist Republicans who were already wary of the legislation. House Speaker, Paul Ryan said, "We don't have bill text or an agreement yet, but these are the kinds of conversations we want".
White House spokesman Sean Spicer was similarly cautious. "I don't solicit reports, I only see what the intelligence community thinks I or any other senior official needs to see", Rice said, explaining the process of how a United States citizen can be "unmasked" or identified if he or she is caught conversing with foreigners.
The House is operating under a tight timeline. Republicans on all sides of this debate agree that May is a make-or-break deadline for the bill because of budgetary constraints. The health care bill is moving under a process protected by this year's budget resolution. Trump talks health care with Sen.
During the closed-door conference meeting Tuesday morning, some members suggested that the House needed to act soon on health care and not leave for recess without action, but that was not a widespread sentiment, and other House Republicans at the closed door meeting suggested there was a "need to do this right". The only thing worse than failing once to deliver on a central campaign promise, is failing twice.
Kaiser's survey found that 61 percent of people said that Trump and congressional Republicans would be responsible "for any problems with the Affordable Care Act going forward" because they control the federal government.
The new deal has yet to be put forward publicly, but we can nearly certainly expect the worst.