After the administration's initial failure to pass the bill through the House of Representatives, the White House hopes new changes to the bill will please the conservative holdouts in the Freedom Caucus. In exchange, those states would have to set up high-risk pools to cover those who couldn't afford higher premiums.
The fact that Trump keeps trying to get this bill passed is great news for Democrats because with each attempt he makes the president is bringing Democrats closer to taking back Congress in 2018. Everyone knows it's just going to die in the Senate. Trump said. "So I think we'll get both".
"Throughout this negotiation process Congressman MacArthur has been fighting to protect the most vulnerable Americans".
Lest we forget, these changes would be layered atop an existing bill-the American Health Care Act-that has always been extraordinarily unpopular.
The Freedom Caucus is made up of several dozen Republican members of Congress who exert their influence as a voting bloc with an aim to push legislations in a more conservative direction. Figuring out how to do that before embarking on the repeal and replacement of Obamacare would have been a very good idea, and there's no longer much reason to think Republicans can figure it out now.
The relationship between Pope Francis and Trump became an unlikely campaign issue previous year after the pontiff, while leaving from a trip to Mexico said that "a person who thinks only about building walls. and not building bridges, is not Christian". Adding to the uncertainty, members told Independent Journal Review they still haven't seen text of the amended bill.
"As of now, the broader conference is not aware of what the new health care blueprint is, suggesting that things are very much in the air". The GOP argued the payments are illegal because Congress never authorized them, and won in a lower court. "Now, this monstrosity of a bill is back, and to make the bill more palatable to right-wingers, the big change appears to be the abandonment of the protections for people with preexisting conditions". The waivers allow states to opt out of ACA standards setting minimum benefits that health plans must offer.
"The state must attest that its goal is to reduce the cost of health care or increase the number of people with health care coverage", Gallo said. The invisible risk pool Republicans have proposed would do little to offset those costs for the least healthy Americans. If the Republicans go along and say there's nothing wrong, you may find yourself in September with a third or half the country with no insurers. States could get waivers on those provisions if they fulfilled certain completely inadequate conditions, like putting people with pre-existing conditions into high risk pools.
"They have money in there", Claxton said. Per the compromise, moderate Republicans would agree to let states opt out of Obamacare's community rating provision, which would permit insurance companies to charge higher premiums to Americans with pre-existing conditions. People with metastatic cancer would be charged $142,650 more.
Some aides expect members to return to Washington with a renewed sense of energy toward finding a legislative solution that has evaded House Republicans since leadership abandoned a scheduled vote on a repeal bill last month.
A senior GOP aide told Business Insider that congressional leaders were not sure whether the bill, even with the adjustments, had enough support to get through the House.
The Republican bill also would cut Medicaid, which provides health coverage to the poor, elderly and disabled, by nearly $840 billion over 10 years.