State officials ask Congress to secure 'Obamacare' subsidies

White House budget director Mick Mulvaney speaks at the White House in Washington. Mulvaney says that Democratic negotiators on a massive spending bill need to agree to funding top priorities of Presiden

Brat is one of a number of conservative House GOP members who broke with leadership and opposed an earlier version of the repeal bill. Lawmakers are expected to discuss the issue in a conference call Saturday.

Critics said that's still an individual mandate which is a key part of former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. Well, maaaaayyyyybeeee, but both sides have been pointing fingers all along, as has Donald Trump at the White House, who accused the Freedom Caucus of perpetuating ObamaCare.

But at a news conference on Thursday, Trump said "the plan gets better and better and better, and it's gotten really, really good, and a lot of people are liking it a lot", adding he thinks the House can pass that as well as a spending bill. He cited the difficulty Democrats faced when trying to pass Obamacare.

Congressional Republicans seem to be gearing up to shoot themselves in the foot on health care, again (how nice for them that they don't have to worry about their coverage).

"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. Trump says that he's hopeful a vote will occur before April 29 - the 100th day of his presidency.

"We have a good chance of getting it soon", Trump said. "Everything had been moving smoothly until the administration moved in with a heavy hand,"Matt House, a spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY, told the Post".

Things are happening! Eighteen to 20 new "yes" votes would nearly certainly be enough to pass the bill through the House!

MacArthur sought to draw attention Thursday to the discussions.

Josh Barro, writing for Business Insider, argues that repealing "essential health benefits" while keeping the community ratings would create perverse incentives for insurers. States could request an exemption from the existing health law's "community rating" rule meant to ensure that people with preexisting conditions could not be charged prohibitive premiums - but only if those states establish a high-risk insurance pool where such consumers could purchase government-subsidized insurance.

Democrats pushed back on the proposal.

Moderate Republicans over the past weeks have promised to protect the protections for pre-existing conditions at town hall meetings, according to the report, meaning they could be less likely to support the updated bill.

Though members of Congress spent last week at home in their districts, over the weekend White House sources suggested that Republicans were making progress on health care reform. Thus far, GOP leaders have avoided openly seeking Democratic votes, preferring to craft a plan that can carry the House with purely Republican support.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R) holds a copy of the new healthcare bill introduced by Republicans on March 17 as Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California looks on.

Ditching them would prompt insurers to either flee the market or severely hike premiums to cover those costs.

Before Congress took its April recess, Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) told reporters the potential changes - now included in the proposed MacArthur amendment - "have diminished votes, not increased it". One phrase in particular from the description on MacArthur's own Facebook page is worth considering (italics mine): "States have the option to obtain a waiver from some federal standards, but 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".



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