White House pushes uncertain bid to revive health care bill

The chamber's GOP leaders, burned by a March debacle, are dubious and signs are scant that an emerging plan is gaining enough votes to succeed.

President Donald Trump heaped vague praise on Republicans' efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare on Thursday, saying the current version of the bill has "gotten really, really good".

Asked if a vote on the health care bill is imminent, a senior House GOP aide said "definitely not by Wednesday".

The original bill that Speaker Paul Ryan was forced to pull because he could not gather enough votes from his own party to pace it also faced an uphill climb in the Senate, where even Republicans balked at being associated with a law that would strip 24 million people of their health insurance.

They cited the higher priority of passing a spending bill within days to avert a government shutdown, uncertainty over details of the developing health agreement and a need to sell it to politicians.

Revamping the US tax code has become a new legislative test for President Donald Trump after a Republican push to repeal former President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law failed last month in a humiliating defeat for the party.

Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-N.J., a centrist who has been working on the new language, said in a Facebook post that sick patients would still be able to get coverage because states would be required to offer a special health plan, known as a high-risk pool, for people unable to get other coverage. Vice President Mike Pence also played a role in shaping that plan, Republicans say.

Bernie Sanders to call for 'political revolution' in Miami today
Not all in the crowd were pleased with the partnership of Sanders and the DNC - even booing the name of DNC chair Tom Perez. The 40-year-old Atlanta-area activist in the Black Lives Matter movement volunteered for Sanders' campaign last year.

According to a draft of the tentative deal obtained by Politico, the new plan would let states apply for "limited waivers" that would undermine ObamaCare's protections for pre-existing conditions.

An emerging House GOP compromise on health care would allow states to waive certain Obamacare protections with an eye toward driving down premiums for healthier customers and subsidizing sick people who would end up paying more through separate funding pools. 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.

Brat 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. Tom MacArthur, R-N.J., co-chairman of the moderate Tuesday Group, discussed over the recess a potential amendment that was created to build support from hesitant lawmakers on both sides of the GOP political spectrum.

The Tuesday Group has about 50 members and does not necessarily vote as a bloc, and it is unclear how many colleagues Mr MacArthur would bring with him to such an agreement.

Press Secretary Sean Spicer was stumped at a recent White House press conference, because he was unable to name a single legislative accomplishment for the Trump administration within its first 100 days. So what's gained by making every Republican in the House take a hard vote when the outcome will most likely be the same as last time?

But this merry-go-round explains why House Republicans are struggling to find an equilibrium and pass a health care bill.

When House Freedom Caucus chairman Mark Meadows confidently told reporters last week that Republicans were "growing closer to a consensus" on a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, many eyebrows were raised. "It's just going to take us a little time to do that".

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