Obamacare is dead; Pence holds out hope for replacement by year's end

Obamacare is dead; Pence holds out hope for replacement by year's end

It's not like someone who has seen their premiums rise 300% in their state will be able to simply call up an insurance company in NY (a state which will surely keep the pre-existing condition protections) and lock down a cheap plan.

Allowing states to remove protections for pre-existing conditions would break Trump's long-standing promise to keep the popular provision. And I mandate it.

"Oh it's absolutely not dead - they are very close", insisted Representative Chris Collins of NY, one of the earliest congressional Trump backers. Obamacare also established strong protections for people with pre-existing conditions, such as diabetes and depression - preventing consumers from being charged more or denied coverage on an individual marketplace due to their health status.

While some lawmakers leaving the conference meeting suggested that a vote next week on the revised health care bill is possible, Ryan emphasized, "We'll vote on it when we get the votes". In short, a state can scribble "me want freedom" on a piece of paper and send it to HHS, and if Secretary Tom Price doesn't do anything about it for two months, insurers in that state will be free to charge sick people who haven't maintained continuous coverage as much as they want or strip down required benefits.

By now it should've been clear that the Republican Party had no intention of fully repealing Obamacare.

The culmination of weeks of negotiations between Meadows and MacArthur, the compromise amendment aims to unite the House's centrist and conservative Republican wings behind the health care bill.

Other Republicans such as Pennsylvania Rep. Charlie Dent, Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and California Rep. Jeff Denham plan to vote no on the current legislation. "We've been making great progress", he said.

Like she has done every week for the last three months, Kathy Adin, a 70-year-old retired school librarian, went to Congressman John Faso's upstate NY district office Friday to urge him not to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

One GOP leadership aide told CNN that "the conversations are going well, things are moving in the right direction, and we're going to continue working toward a good vote". The revision includes an amendment crafted by Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, R-N.C., and Tuesday Group Co-chairman Tom MacArthur, R-N.J.

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Since Donald Trump entered the office, his approval ratings have appeared to go up and down like a roller coaster ride. Trump's great failure in his first 100 days was the bungled effort to keep his campaign promise to repeal Obamacare.

But the amendment, which experts noted could drive up the cost of insurance for older Americans and those with pre-existing conditions, spooked moderates and left some - who had been supportive of the legislation before - scrambling to publicly voice their discontentment.

Moderate Republicans in the House are suddenly feeling a whole lot of heat.

But it remained unclear whether the amended bill could win enough support from moderate Republicans to get the 216 votes needed to pass the U.S. House of Representatives given unanimous Democratic opposition. Dent said he would not conduct a whip count for the group. The GOP can only afford to lose 21 depending on attendance. "The MacArthur Amendment helped in that regard", says Hice. And while they did not mind that image during President Barack Obama's final years in office, it's a much more hard thing to be known as the group that upended its own party's administration.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said bargainers were "very close" to completing the $1 trillion budget package.

After last week though many moderates are frustrated with the process. Some complained that they had not been part of discussions drafting the amendment, saying they had only seen it after it was released.

Many House Republican supporters of the measure insisted Friday that they are just a few votes shy - and that a vote could come, for real, as early as next week. "We learned nothing from their mistakes".

The accomplishment, such as it is, would be transmission to the Senate of a dead-on-arrival bill, one would hope and think.

"I'm trying to figure out how this makes the legislation better", Diaz-Balart said.