WH looking to revive Obamacare repeal before 100-day deadline

Owen Stevens
April 21, 2017

"As deadlines approach for insurers to file their plans for next year's ACA marketplaces, companies say they can not set rates amid the ongoing uncertainty around the CSR payments", Height wrote in a note to clients.

"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", the Huffington Post article states.

The proposed MacArthur Amendment to the AHCA would give states more flexibility to opt out of major provisions in the ACA while also preserving popular protections like the law's ban on discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions, Politico reported.

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. While they have both agreed to the amendment, supposedly representing a number of conservatives and moderates respectively, the amendment is still being reviewed by the Senate and House GOP leadership. The Patriots were the first champions to visit the White House since President Trump took office in January; they defeated the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI in February. "We have a lot to lose just because he could not force his bill through Congress". "Not necessarily. I unfortunately am in the camp that it's going to get worse before it gets better for 2018", Gurda said.

"I want to get both". The concessions also might not be enough for some conservatives, who have expressed issue with Republicans establishing an advance refundable tax credit to help pay for insurance.

The White House optimism is driven largely by a deal brokered by leaders of the conservative Freedom Caucus and the moderate Tuesday Group aimed at giving states more flexibility to pull out of "Obamacare" provisions.

The president indicated in an interview with the Wall Street Journal last week that he was considering not making the cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments that insurers depend on to recoup the cost of covering very low income consumers. Greg Walden of OR and Leonard Lance of New Jersey, made it clear to people in their respective town hall meetings that they oppose any effort to remove the current protections for people with pre-existing conditions such as diabetes and cancer.

Congress returns from recess next week, with only days before the current resolution funding the government expires on April 28.

He said that assuming the outline is translated into legislative text he backs and is added to the health care bill, he would now support the legislation and believes most of Freedom Caucus' three dozen members would also back it.

"That pressure to try may be more important than the consequences of falling short again", he said.

If the LAFP has to rescue incumbents from R+11 districts, of course, then we're looking at a disaster next year - but that's not going to be the case.

"The best thing we can do, politically speaking, is let Obamacare explode", Trump said in the Oval Office last month.

"We're doing very well on healthcare", he said at a joint press conference with Italian prime minister Pauolo Gentiloni.

Other reports by VgToday

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