House Freedom Caucus approves American Health Care Act

House Freedom Caucus approves American Health Care Act

Democrats remained solidly against the legislation, which they said would make health care coverage less available and costlier.

The House Freedom Caucus appears poised to put up anywhere from half to almost all of the previously elusive votes needed to pass the GOP's health care bill through the House. His plan would allow states to receive federal waivers for certain Obamacare coverage requirements in an effort to encourage "fair health insurance premiums".

The pressure is now on moderates. 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.

"No bill is going to solve every issue", said Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.), who crafted the newest edition of the legislation with Rep. A CNN whip count had recorded 16 Republicans as nos.

Members headed into that meeting suggested a Friday vote was possible if the votes could be secured.

The statement continues: "In addition, the legislation drastically changes and cuts $880 billion from the Medicaid program, leading to reduced coverage and affordability for millions of our nation's most vulnerable populations". Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R, whose South Florida district Trump narrowly won, could not decide how he planned to vote as he saw the legislation move to the right.

"We're still educating members", McCarthy said.

This week, leadership's focus remains trying to help those moderates get comfortable with the new MacArthur amendment.

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Group member Rep. Tom Reed confirmed some of that sentiment.

Other groups are organizing thousands of phone calls and rallies like one Friday in Jeffersonville, Indiana, near the offices of another undecided Republican, Rep. Trey Hollingsworth. At some point the anti-abortion movement is going to emulate a passenger in a fast-moving auto whose driver has fallen asleep at the wheel by taking over the vehicle and demanding the GOP expedite its journey to the Oval Office without the excess baggage of a politically unviable health-care bill.

The most significant changes to the new bill will make healthcare exponentially more expensive for the people who need it most. Many others remained publicly uncommitted, putting party elders in a tough spot. The fresh backing from that group exhumed the bill from the legislative graveyard, but leaders still need moderates who've resisted the effort to jump aboard. If this new compromise is ultimately sunk by the Tuesday Group, however, it may be the target of Trump's next tweetstorm.

It does seem that Paul Ryan and co. got a bit closer to hitting their mark this time around though, and all it took was some brazenly harsh concessions to the Freedom Caucus from an unlikely source.

Vice President Mike Pence said he hopes Congress can pass legislation to replace the Affordable Care Act by the end of the year, far later than President Donald Trump has envisioned.

"I can tell you we're just a few votes shy", Meadows said on Friday. "So to suggest that I can worry about what motivates or doesn't motivate some of the more moderate members is well beyond my bandwidth".

Plan A - their first attempt - rankled the tea party wing (aka the Freedom Caucus) because it was too much like Obamacare. Several GOP governors in states that expanded Medicaid to low-income adults were pushing representatives to revise these provisions in the House bill. The amendment does, however, represent important progress in what has been a disastrous process. One reason the House was in a big hurry to pass Zombie Trumpcare was the fear that the Congressional Budget Office would score it as even worse than the original bill, which had terrible, awful coverage numbers.

"While we're still short of full repeal, this latest agreement would give states the chance to opt out of some of Obamacare's costliest regulations, opening the way to greater choice and lower insurance premiums", Club for Growth President David McIntosh said in a prepared statement.