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WH looking to revive Obamacare repeal before 100-day deadline

WH looking to revive Obamacare repeal before 100-day deadline

The White House is pushing hard on the GOP-led Congress to pass a bill repealing and replacing much of President Obama's health-care law, as Republicans have vowed to do for years.

The renewed effort comes as Congress returns from recess next week and as the Trump administration is fielding questions about its legislative accomplishments during its first 100 days in office.

House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters after speaking at an event in London on Wednesday that GOP lawmakers are "in the midst of negotiating sort of finishing touches" on a healthcare bill, The Hill reports.

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"I don't think it's impossible to think we'll have a vote", a senior administration official said optimistically.

Two Republican lawmakers say they are nearing a deal on changes to the ObamaCare replacement bill that could move the measure closer to passage, though doubts remain. "And as soon as health care [is taken care of], we're going to march very quickly, you're gonna watch".

A poll by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center showed that by 54 percent to 35 percent, more people think Democrats do a better job than Republicans handling health care.

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The White House and GOP leadership have been involved in the talks and are aware of the latest progress, the source added. Despite last month's Trumpcare disaster and the growing popularity of Obamacare, Republicans have kept working on zombie Trumpcare, and now they seem to think they have the next plan they're going to fail with, thanks to a deal between House Freedom Caucus chairman Mark Meadows and Tuesday Group co-chair Tom MacArthur. But we need to manage expectations.

"The No. 1 priority is government funding when we return", the source said. White House officials complained at the time that while conservative outside groups opposing the bill had pressured lawmakers, there was insufficient lobbying and advertising by supportive organizations.

Republicans argue that the high-risk pools would then cover those people, taking them out of the regular insurance pool and lowering prices for everyone else, but high-risk pools have traditionally been underfunded by states and the federal government, resulting in poor coverage and high costs for those who need insurance the most.

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The proposal is not much different than ideas discussed before Congress left town for its current two-week Easter recess and it's unclear whether it does enough to convince both moderate and conservative opponents to support the bill.


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