Lawmakers weigh White House offer to revive health care bill

A White House offensive to resurrect the moribund House Republican health care bill got an uneven reception Tuesday from GOP moderates and conservatives, leaving prospects shaky for the party to salvage one of its leading priorities.

A top adviser to President Donald Trump has urged the defeat of a MI congressman and member of a conservative group of U.S. House lawmakers who derailed the White House on legislation to repeal and replace the Obama-era health care law. The group's leader, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., said talks were boiling down to curbing several of Obama's coverage requirements - a far cry from the full repeal of the statute that many initially preferred.

Moderates in the House also appeared optimistic after the meeting but were still unsure whether the G.O.P. could reach a consensus on overhauling the $3 trillion health-care industry. At a minimum, the ACA might have included a government-run health-insurance program for which the country's whole population would have been eligible-the so-called "public option" that was removed from the bill after former Democratic Sen. After telling reporters that Obamacare would be the law of the land for the "foreseeable future" a few days earlier, Speaker Paul Ryan said Republicans would keep pushing for a repeal.

Because Trump is not an ideologue, he is in a unique position to negotiate the enactment of truly bipartisan comprehensive health-care reform with Congress.

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He said he hoped Republicans would unite behind a new plan.

The White House and the GOP are re-starting negotiations on a replacement to Obamacare.

While Freedom Caucus members say they are encouraged by the offer, none of them have committed support, saying they want to wait to review the legislative text first. "And now we're having the kinds of productive conversations among our members, interacting through the committees of jurisdiction and with the administration".

The proposal would also allow states to opt out of the mandate that all insurers offer "essential health benefits" including treatment for mental health problems or substance use disorders, disease screenings, and contraception, noted The Washington Post. Scavino targeted Amash, a member of the conservative Freedom Caucus criticized by Trump. "The second way, which I hate to see, then the Freedom Caucus loses so big and I hate to see that", said Trump.

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In addition, the White House would let states seek an exemption to the law's provision banning insurers from charging higher premiums for seriously ill people. Ron DeSantis (Fla.) and Mike Kelly (Pa.) - stood up during Tuesday's GOP conference meeting and told leadership the House should delay its recess until it passes a health bill, sources in the room said.

But senior White House budget aide Mick Mulvaney told a meeting of moderate Republicans that the administration would produce a proposal in writing later in the day, according to Representative Chris Collins, who attended the meeting.

And Monday night, Vice President Mike Pence spoke to the House Freedom Caucus - the group of conservatives that helped sink the health care bill last month.

I just want to say, I agree with that 100 percent, except pre-existing conditions, I would absolutely get rid of Obamacare. When Republicans last pushed for a vote, Heritage Action CEO Michael A. Needham called it an "awful bill". After dealing initially dealing with the House Freedom Caucus with a carrot, Trump has settled on a stick, promising to "fight" Freedom Caucus members along with Democrats in 2018.

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"We are not now negotiating with the Freedom Caucus". But that's what you need to do in order to get that, meaning get members talking.

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