House leaving town with GOP health care bill in shambles

Tammy Harvey
April 8, 2017

On Tuesday, the White House arranged a meeting on short notice to discuss a potential health-care deal with leaders of influential conservative groups, including Tim Phillips, president of Americans for Prosperity; Jim DeMint, president of the Heritage Foundation; Michael Needham of Heritage Action; Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform; and Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union.

"The Freedom Caucus continues to play Lucy with the football and keeps moving the goal posts", said Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., the first member of the House to endorse Trump. We built them a bridge.

A former Obama administration insurance regulator said it's likely that the companies would press states to seek waivers under the latest Republican idea. He said the hardline conservative Freedom Caucus have "moved the goalposts" and blew up hopes of a compromise.

The effort was left for dead, until Vice President Mike Pence and other Trump administration officials raced up to the Capitol this week to cobble together a new agreement with the most conservative Republicans, the House Freedom Caucus.

To tackle the biggest overhaul of the USA tax code since the Reagan era quickly, House Republicans need to avoid the political fault lines that sank their healthcare bill, partly by having conservatives on board. While the White House is feeling pressure to strike a deal to advance its broader agenda, Republican holdouts are also facing their own heat from the outside to come on board with a plan.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said Thursday lawmakers have made progress in their efforts to revive the Republican bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.

"Many of us on the committees have spent years on these policies, and to just see it kind of being pulled away and put behind the scenes potentially to me is not the wisest course to take", said Reed, another Ways and Means member.

Republican Reps. David SchweikertDavid SchweikertGOP amendment would give billion to insurers to cover high-cost patients Meadows: Freedom Caucus would back bill that got rid of 3 ObamaCare regs Trump pressing House GOP for tweaks in healthcare bill: report MORE (Ariz.) and Gary Palmer (Ala.) reportedly sponsored the new legislation. It found that 64% of the public overall said it was a good thing Congress did not pass the American Health Care Act. "Some of my friends on the right need to figure out that we can't get everything we want". There was a reason why the bill polled at only 17%, Jordan said, "we didn't really have actual amendments were accepted in the committee process - I think you had done all that you might have got a product that was better than 17% approval rating".

This story was updated to add details from Thursdays Rules Committee meeting.

"We've got to act to lower premiums".

"I've long believed we have to do very hard and challenging things to get this country back on track, and the process of doing this may not be popular at the moment", Ryan said in the interview. They also pushed the House Speaker to accept changes that would make the GOP replacement plan more appealing to conservative House Republicans, including members of the House Freedom Caucus.

And Ryan told reporters Wednesday, "We're at concept stage right now".

Republicans are pointing to an amendment on federal high risk pools as movement toward a health care deal, but they're heading to their home districts without a full agreement.

But GOP leaders have yet to demonstrate that this amendment alone will resolve the differences between moderates and conservatives that scuttled their initial health care proposal late last month.

The chatter turned frantic as members of Congress fretted about the possibility of a floor vote on a health care bill that was still showing few signs of consensus.

McHenry said Wednesday that rolling back the ACA mandates that protect those with preexisting conditions would be a nonstarter - given what Trump, Ryan and many other Republicans had said on the campaign trail. "It goes counter to the promises of more than 200 members of the House".

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