Future of revamped health care bill remains dubious in House


White House sources indicated that they wanted a vote on the updated version of the AHCA as early as next week, a prospect Brat said he would favor.

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

"It's incredible 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'". "More immediately on health care, they'll have to deal with the Obamacare subsidies, CSRs".

But the official cautioned that some Republican House members are still at odds over some of the bill's points. "Are you shocked to hear that?"

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

"I don't think it's having to rewrite the bill".

The Tuesday Group has roughly 50 members.

"They have yet another agreement in principle, but no final legislative language", the member told CNN.

"But (we) reiterated our most pressing concern: the instability in the individual market created by the uncertainty of funding for the cost sharing reduction (CSR) program", Grow said.

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"Some people on Capitol Hill believe you can get one of two things next week, a vote on health care or a vote on a government funding bill", Fabian told Trump, before asking which of the two the President prioritized.

House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the bill from the floor March 24 for lack of votes to pass it.

Ryan said he and others are working on "finishing touches" to their repeal and replace legislation, though he also acknowledged that this work is "difficult".

But there are significant obstacles. Another Republican aide involved in the talks, when asked how many moderates this could bring on board, said only that "discussions are still ongoing with moderates". (The Freedom Caucus) said yes to him. It would also preserve the health law's ban on insurers rejecting customers with pre-existing medical conditions.

As former Harry Reid staffer Adam Jentleson tweeted, "MacArthur has put moderates in position to take the blame if the new bill fails and lose their seats if it passes". The GOP health-care bill as it stands would instead allow states to spell out essential health benefits. States would have the option to get a waiver from some of the federal standards if they attest that they're trying to reduce health care costs or increase the number of people who are covered.

"While President Trump and leaders in Congress promised to protect health coverage for those with pre-existing conditions, this new plan undermines this critically important and wildly popular ACA provision".

The AHCA also would provide about $100 billion to the states in a "stability fund" that could be used to establish and subsidize high-risk pools. "It allows the states to opt out of the (regulations) to bring down the price".

Critics argue this could make it more hard for some people to get healthcare, and GOP aides have said the changes may make it hard for centrists in the GOP caucus, who also opposed the first bill, to back this one.

"Everything had been moving smoothly until the administration moved in with a heavy hand", said Matt House, a spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. And as ever, there is a strong disconnect between what President Trump wants-any sort of legislative "achievement" before his first 100 days are up-and what the House Republican conference is capable of delivering. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) said he couldn't support a proposal that jeopardized coverage for the approximately 300,000 people in his state dependent on the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion.