GOP health bill amendment to revive Obamacare repeal effort

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GOP health bill amendment to revive Obamacare repeal effort

The White House is pushing hard on the GOP-led Congress to pass a bill repealing and replacing much of President Barack Obama's health-care law, as Republicans have vowed to do for years. But the official cautioned that some GOP House members are still at odds over some of the bill's sticking points.

During a White House news conference, Trump said progress was being made on a "great plan" for overhauling the nation's health care system, though he provided no details.

"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.

"There is no legislative text and therefore no agreement to do a whip count on", one senior Republican aide told TPM, noting that it wasn't clear the compromise measure could pass the House. House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the bill from the floor March 24 for lack of votes to pass it. States would also have to show their plan would reduce premium costs, increase the number of individuals with health care coverage or advance another benefit in the state's public interest in order to get approval.

Trump himself was confident about the chances of Congress passing a health bill Tuesday in Wisconsin, telling CNN affiliate WTMJ: "We are going to have a big win soon, because we are going to have health care and that's gonna happen". "And fortunately for us, I think the appetite to really get this done continues to grow".

There will be a House GOP conference call on Saturday to discuss the upcoming legislative agenda following the Easter recess, according to a Republican lawmaker, where health care is expected to come up.

The member added, "I would say we are skeptical at best".

But they've found themselves at an impasse over the last few weeks, as moderates anxious about depriving consumers of certain health-care benefits and conservatives felt the GOP plan left too much of the Democrats' health-care law in place.

Unlike the failed bill, the newest plan would reinstate the ACA's essential health benefits and would maintain certain protections, such as prohibiting insurers from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions and keeping guaranteed issue.

In an interview Thursday with The Associated Press, budget chief Mick Mulvaney said he was surprised at "the toxicity levels" that have divided the GOP over health care and hoped lawmakers' two-week break would prove "healing".

Ryan sent a mixed message about the bill's prospects in remarks Wednesday to reporters in London.

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