Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Economy | By Annette Adams

White House looking to revive reapl of Obamacare

White House looking to revive reapl of Obamacare

After the administration's initial failure to pass the bill through the House of Representatives, the White House hopes new changes to the bill will please the conservative holdouts in the Freedom Caucus. "And fortunately for us, I think the appetite to really get this done continues to grow".

"The question is whether it can get 216 votes in the House and the answer isn't clear at this time", the aide said. "But I suspect it might get some folks on board that maybe weren't before".

"The No. 1 priority is government funding when we return", the source said. 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.

Leaders of America First Policies, a pro-Trump nonprofit outfit, told The Washington Post on Sunday that it is starting a $3 million advertising campaign to bolster a dozen House Republicans who publicly backed the health-care proposal that has stalled on Capitol Hill. "Are you shocked to hear that?"

The colleagues he has spoken with appear "cautiously optimistic", Cole added. This is a great plan, and this will be great health care.

Why? Try to think all the way back to March 7 - it was more than a month ago, I know - when House Republicans introduced the much-ballyhooed American Health Care Act. What, specifically, had produced a breakthrough in the deadlock between Freedom Caucus members, who want to gut the core requirements of the Affordable Care Act, and Republican moderates, who want none of that?

"They have yet another agreement in principle, but no final legislative language", the member told CNN. "We have a lot to lose just because he could not force his bill through Congress".

Unlike President Trump's Cabinet (and now Supreme Court) nominations, which only needed a simple majority of 51 votes, Republican senators will need 60 votes to end debate on the appropriations bill and get it passed - which means they need to get their party in line plus eight Democrats on their side.

Ryan said he and others are working on "finishing touches" to their repeal and replace legislation, though he also acknowledged that this work is "difficult".

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.

But there are significant obstacles.

When Ryan couldn't line up the votes to repeal and replace because he couldn't get the Republican conservative caucus and the so-called moderates to agree on nearly anything, you brilliantly persuaded him to schedule a showdown vote on the matter. President Trump, who reportedly is a pretty big fan of winning, was never going to take such a loss lightly.

The Tuesday Group has roughly 50 members. Some considered it too moderate, and one issue that appeared to crop up time and again was the President's promise to mandate insurers offer plans to people suffering from pre-existing conditions, a popular Obamacare (or the Affordable Care Act) hold-over provision. High-risk pools are insurance pools for patients with preexisting conditions subsidized by the government.

In addition, states could obtain waivers to an Obama prohibition against insurers charging sick customers higher premiums than consumers who are healthy - a change critics argue would make insurance unaffordable for many.

The plan also doesn't address the concerns of moderates who are anxious about cuts to Medicaid and tax benefits that are too small to help people purchase individual coverage.

House GOP leaders aren't singing the same tune. Much of the coverage loss stemmed from the reductions to Medicaid.

Still, Republicans ran on repealing and replacing Obamacare for seven years and were elected, in part, on that pledge.

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