GOP health bill in shambles, House commences two-week breakBy Darlene Powers Apr 10, 2017
Rep. Chris Collins, New York Republican, said the failure to act on health care does not send a positive signal on how House Republicans will handle other issues, including tax reform.
The money would be on top of a $100 billion fund already in the GOP bill that states could use for various purposes, including high-risk insurance pools where people with medical problems can get coverage.
As a follow-up to my post and Justin's piece earlier in the week, House Republicans are continuing their negotiations to amass 216 "yes" votes on legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare, after that effort cratered in late March. This brings us closer to the final agreement we all want to achieve. That's at least partly why GOP leaders had hoped to pass ACA repeal-and-replace legislation before the Easter recess, to reduce the chances their members would lose their nerve after getting a blast of face-to-face anger from voters.
To support that confidence, they must placate both moderate and conservative GOP factions that blocked their first attempt two weeks ago to overhaul the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare".
Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, said the amendment, sponsored by conservative Reps. The fund is meant to subsidize coverage for patients with those serious preexisting conditions to lower premiums for healthier patients. About 2 in 3 said they were glad the House GOP bill didn't pass.
Frustration over the bill's dismal performance in Congress spilled out during a meeting Ryan and other House leaders attended late Wednesday at the White House, according to several Republicans who'd been told about the session.
President Donald Trump was the one pushing Congress to speedily enact his bill because that was one of his campaign promises.
"It's a little frustrating that they feel they have to write a new tax plan when they have a tax plan", said Steven Moore, an economist at the conservative Heritage Foundation who helped formulate tax policy for the Trump campaign. "We're still working on it".
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"It's not really what's going on", Portman said. The House Freedom Caucus delegates went down to the Legislative Budget Assistant's Office where they met with the co-chairs of the House Republican Alliance Rep. Laurie Sanborn (R-Bedford), Rep. James Spillane (R-Deerfield), and Rep. Glenn Cordelli (R-Tuftonboro), who participated in the House Freedom Caucus discussions in completing a floor amendment to make roughly only $75 million dollars in appropriation reductions; far from their consensus ideal of $200 million.
However, high-risk pools have always been criticized for their hiccups, and the Republican amendment remains unclear on its specifics. "And I think that we can't have a vote when we're not ready to vote, and I don't think we should have people cancel all of their district plans".
Huge roadblocks remain in the way of such a deal.
Ryan moved up his weekly news conference a few hours on Thursday to announce the amendment, which would create a high-risk pool that Republicans say would help insurers cover costs of individuals with preexisting conditions and keep premiums lower for healthy individuals. Neither of these facts seemed to exercise the White House enough to try to do anything to fix them. Based on most studies on high-risk pools, that number would fall well short of the amount needed to keep insurers in the market and keep costs down for enrollees.
The GOP proposal would give Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price broad authority in determining how the payments are handed out, including which patients insurers would be reimbursed and for how much.
After Maine's market when into what has been described as a "long-term death spiral", it chose to keep its guaranteed issue requirement, but it also eased the community rating restrictions and set up "an invisible high-risk pool" to subsidize premiums for those with pre-existing conditions. Polling suggests the Affordable Care Act is more popular than ever.
Information for this article was contributed by Robert Costa, Abby Phillip and Paul Kane of The Washington Post.
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