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Future of revamped health care bill remains dubious in House

Future of revamped health care bill remains dubious in House

Moderate and hard-right Republicans may have finally reached a deal on Trumpcare 2.0, but their latest health care plan would cause premiums to skyrocket for people with pre-existing conditions, according to a new report from the Center for American Progress.

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., and the GOP leadership, meet with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, April 4, 2017.

"We are going to have a big win soon, because we are going to have health care and that's going to happen".

"If they tell us to pound sand, I think that's probably a disappointing indicator of where the next four years is going to go", Mulvaney said.

I get what Trump is up to here. But an divide has emerged between the White House and congressional Republican leaders as to its realistic chances of passing.

"It's wonderful the diverse things you hear from different people", Cole said, noting the responses range from "'it's hopeless" to "Oh, it's going to get there'".

The colleagues he has spoken with appear "cautiously optimistic", Cole added.

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At the same time, the House bill would repeal major taxes that the current law imposed to fund the expansion of health coverage.

The extremely conservative House Freedom Caucus, which successfully scuttled the first failed plan, are working with the Tuesday Group, a slightly less right-wing faction of the House Republican conglomerate. When asked if he had to choose which of these he would prefer get done next week at Thursday's news conference, Trump said he wanted "both". "I'd like to say next week, but I believe we will get it. whether it's next week or shortly thereafter". The spending the Freedom Caucus hates is what keeps coverage levels high.

Faking it until you make it doesn't work on this crowd.

The proposal aims to increase the approval by Freedom Caucus members and moderate members of Congress.

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.

But to appease the archconservatives, they want to allow states to opt out of two other insurance reforms, which prohibited plans from raising premiums because of preexisting conditions and which required plans to cover certain benefits.

But these high-risk pools were nearly universally unsuccessful before the advent of Obamacare, and the new GOP proposals drew swift criticism from many patient advocates and others.

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In addition, states could obtain waivers to an Obama ban on insurers charging sick customers higher premiums than consumers who are healthy - a change critics argue would make insurance unaffordable for many.

Though the amendment seeks to bring Republicans closer to the 216 votes needed for the health care bill to pass, members have yet to see the legislative text.

"Everything had been moving smoothly until the administration moved in with a heavy hand", countered Matt House, a spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. Much of the coverage loss stemmed from the reductions to Medicaid.

The nation's top medical groups, including the American Medical Association and the American Hospital Association, also have rejected the GOP's "repeal and replace" bill. "Members may be desperate to give their constituents something in return for having the majority for four months".

A new Quinnipiac poll found that only 36% of American voters say Republicans in Congress should try again to repeal and replace Obamacare, while 60% say the Republicans should "move on".

On Monday, Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., announced that he would not support his party's health care legislation unless it left significant parts of Obamacare intact.

The March Quinnipiac poll was conducted March 16-21, and consisted of 1,056 respondents and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. The new poll was conducted April 12-18 among 1,062 respondents in the United States and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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