State officials ask Congress to secure 'Obamacare' subsidies
Apr 21 2017 by Johnny Bowman
The new amendment leaked Wednesday is an attempt to bridge the gap between moderate House Republicans in the Tuesday Group and conservative lawmakers in the House Freedom Caucus to generate enough votes to pass the bill. "There is no legislative text and, therefore, no agreement to do a whip count on". Palmer said after the House vote was canceled that he backed the decision to pull the bill so work on the legislation could continue.
The White House has asked for supplemental budget to begin construction on the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico, but Schumer says that's not going to happen. Republicans are trying to say their amendment will cover people with pre-existing conditions ― because, first, the legislation still claims those people can't be denied coverage, and second, because there will be high-risk pools for those people if insurance costs dramatically go up for them. Unless, of course, your state happens to be participating in a high risk pool.
The deal, known as the MacArthur amendment, would also reinstate Obamacare's Essential Health Benefits, although states could waive Obamacare's Essential Health Benefits if they were to prove that eliminating those regulations would lower premiums, increase the number of people insured, or "advance another benefit to the public interest in the state".
While the changes could win over some conservatives in the Freedom Caucus, aides expressed doubts it will win over a number of centrists, who are critical to getting a bill through the House in the face of unanimous opposition from Democrats. With Democrats solidly opposed, Republicans can lose no more than 21 House votes to prevail, and Ryan short-circuited a planned vote last month because more than that would have defected.
A vote next week-occurring at the same time Congress debates a government spending bill-would give lawmakers little time to read the plan. "Given that, there is not a scheduled vote yet", a GOP aide told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
But the White House is pushing for the House to vote on the newly revised plan next week, and Republicans are expected to discuss the path forward on a conference call Saturday. "It doesn't in 2017 if we're going to be competitive", Brady said.
"Look, I recognize that millions of people got helped by the ACA", MacArthur said.
The White House and GOP leadership have been involved in the talks and are aware of the latest progress, the source added.
Meadows explained that both sides want to "make sure that preexisting conditions are taken care of". 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. Only 17% of voters approved of the plan, according to a Quinnipiac poll released last month.
"President Trump has made it clear he intends to sabotage the Affordable Care Act", said U.S. Sen.
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