Trump Wants Obamacare Bill and to Keep Government Running
- Author: Larry Hoffman Apr 22, 2017,
Apr 22, 2017, 21:13
"There's no deal", said an aide to one moderate House GOP lawmaker.
Conservative and centrist Republicans in the House are working on a deal that some say could unite the two factions and attract enough votes to pass the stalled bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. He cited the difficulty Democrats faced when trying to pass Obamacare.
"Those are two of the big pieces, a couple little pieces on the regulatory framework, and then we can all get to yes".
A resurrected Republican healthcare plan reportedly isn't likely to be ready for a congressional vote before President Donald Trump's 100th day in office.
And 'there is no legislative text, ' the aide said, 'and therefore no agreement to do a whip count on'.
"We are still in the same place we've been with no timetable or set date" for a vote, a White House aide said. "This amendment will make coverage of pre-existing conditions sacrosanct for all Americans and ensures essential health benefits remains the federal standard".
States could also apply for limited waivers from the community rating provision of Obamacare - which requires insurers to cover people with pre-existing conditions - as long as those states create and fund a high-risk coverage pool for affected consumers.
Democrats pushed back on the proposal. The payments are a critical subsidy and the subject of a lawsuit by House Republicans.
House GOP leaders aren't singing the same tune.
"We're doing very well on health care", Trump said in news conference with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni.
Meanwhile, Congress must pass a spending bill by April 28 or much of the federal government will be forced to shut down at the end of the day.
But House GOP leaders are dubious.
"It doesn't actually address the concerns I have for the people I represent, the people of New York City", Donovan said.
"The president has been quoted several times and said he's inclined not to make them and I can't tell you that I'm interested in dissuading him from that position", Mulvaney said.
It remains unclear whether the proposal can succeed in changing any votes.
States also must prove, according to the document published by Politico, that "the objective of the requested waiver is to reduce premium costs, increase the number of persons with health care coverage, or advance another benefit to the public interest in the state, including the guarantee of coverage for persons with preexisting medical conditions".
Donovan noted that the bill still doesn't do enough for seniors, who could face higher insurance costs under it.
In the meantime, outside groups are stepping up their pressure on Republicans. The conservative Club for Growth launched a second round of attack ads last week on GOP members who it says are opposed to proposed changes to the repeal measure.
Those subsidies, which are at the center of a court battle begun during the Obama administration, help lower-income people pay medical bills and insurance deductibles. "It's evolving. There was never a give-up", Trump said. But an divide has emerged between the White House and congressional Republican leaders as to its realistic chances of passing.
"Your action is critical to the viability and stability of the individual health insurance markets in a significant number of states across the country", the group wrote.