White House pushes uncertain bid to revive health care bill
- Author: Essie Rivera Apr 23, 2017,
Apr 23, 2017, 0:59
"The question is whether it can get 216 votes in the House, and the answer isn't clear at this time", said a senior GOP aide.
The new request threatens to undermine weeks of negotiations between Republican leaders and Democrats in Congress to pass a stopgap spending bill to avoid a government shutdown.
With the 100-day mark of the Trump administration on the horizon, the White House is eager for a legislative victory on health care.
Conservative and moderate Republicans were working with the White House on outlines of a deal.
As of Thursday afternoon, no new vote had been scheduled by House Republican leaders.
Trump said that he's not tied to getting the Obamacare replacement finished by next week.
Those comments represent a ratcheting back from Thursday, when Trump said at a news conference that there was "a good chance" of passing health legislation soon, adding, "I'd like to say next week". It's worth remembering that it took Obama well over a year to pass his signature health care law. -Mexican border. White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney says "elections have consequences" and the administration wants that funding in the bill.
And yet, Donald Trump, who said last month that he's prepared to move on, now insists he's not moving on. "Members may be desperate to give their constituents something in return for having the majority for four months".
"This little CR debate could end up being one of the most important political debates for the next few years, if not decade, if not longer", said Brandon.
That said, health insurance markets would work in states that gained a limited waiver.
It will now remain the law of the land since the Republicans can't come up with a plan. His amendment is being depicted as a compromise with conservatives in an effort to draw enough support for passage. Or, the latest idea being floated, they'll let insurance companies raise premiums on people with pre-existing conditions and compensate by creating special high-risk pools! States could request an exemption from the existing health law's "community rating" rule meant to ensure that people with preexisting conditions could not be charged prohibitive premiums - but only if those states establish a high-risk insurance pool where such consumers could purchase government-subsidized insurance.
The amendment would keep the federal mandate that insurers provide "essential health benefits" that include maternity, mental health care and other types of coverage.
But the language may not be embraced by all of MacArthur's fellow House Republican centrists.
"The president wants to get health care done and he wants to get tax done", Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said at a Friday briefing. 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.
There's still no legislative text to look over, so it's hard to figure out if congressional Republicans will support this new agreement.
Murphy said the bill is "yet another Trump promise shattered".
The earlier Republican proposal sought to pull hundreds of billions of dollars out of the health system by winding down Obamacare's expansion of Medicaid and limiting its subsidies, which would threaten revenue for hospitals, doctors and insurance companies.
The chamber's GOP leaders, burned by a March debacle, are dubious and signs are scant that an emerging plan is gaining enough votes to succeed. "The White House gambit to hold hostage health care for millions of Americans, in order to force American taxpayers to foot the bill for a wall that the president said would be paid for by Mexico is a complete non-starter", he said.
"This amendment alone is real progress and it will help us build momentum toward delivering on our pledge to the country", Ryan said.