GOP Leaders Mount New Obamacare Repeal Effort

Protesters stand together outside the office of Sen. Bill Nelson

Protesters stand together outside the office of Sen. Bill Nelson

Shares of HCA Holdings, the most valuable publicly-traded hospital company, fell 1.8 percent, while Tenet Healthcare dropped 4.1 percent and Community Health Systems fell 3.9 percent. Insurers want more generous subsidies than the GOP plan proposes to help people afford their premiums, bringing them more customers and broadening the risk pool.

But the latest proposal would allow states to apply for "limited waivers" set to undermine the ACA's protections for pre-existing conditions.

The amendment would keep the federal mandate that insurers provide "essential health benefits" that include maternity, mental health care and other types of coverage. 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.

Additional funding also must be included to hire more immigration agents, Mick Mulvaney told The Associated Press in an interview in which he laid out the top priorities of the president. One phrase in particular from the description on MacArthur's own Facebook page is worth considering (italics mine): "States have the option to obtain a waiver from some federal standards, but the state must attest that its objective is to reduce the cost of health care or increase the number of people with health care coverage".

A new Quinnipiac poll found that only 36% of American voters say Republicans in Congress should try again to repeal and replace Obamacare, while 60% say the Republicans should "move on".

The Virginia Republican said that the Freedom Caucus is "still waiting on the official text" of the deal, but claimed that "we have language" to address both lowering premiums and coverage for pre-existing conditions.

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., had to cancel a planned vote on the GOP repeal bill last month after it became clear that too many rank-and-file Republicans opposed the legislation. The aide feeling perhaps the most pressure, according to people close to the discussions, is the chief of staff, Reince Priebus, who was blamed internally for the botched vote count around the first repeal effort and is closest to Ryan within Trump's circle. He also attested during a news conference on Thursday that the idea that health care was dead was a media construct, having previously attested that he was giving up on health care for the moment and that his last offer to House Republicans was "take it or leave it".

A vote next week-occurring at the same time Congress debates a government spending bill-would give lawmakers little time to read the plan.

"I don't know that there's going to be a vote", Meadows told IJR before the break, "but if there's a vote called, it'll pass". Like what you're reading?

He credited Vice President Mike Pence with coming up with a "great compromise" that has advanced progress on Republicans' plan. "I happen to like and respect [HHS Secretary] Tom Price immensely, but that doesn't mean the next person will share that same approbation from me".

According to the Huffington Post, Republican leadership in the House and Senate continue to review the amendment.

"We're doing very well on health care ... the plan gets better and better and better and it's gotten really, really good and a lot of people are liking it a lot", President Donald Trump said.

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