White House expects vote on health-care bill this week

Even if a plan could pass the Republican-controlled House, it would face a tough fight in the Senate, where Republicans have a narrower majority and where some party senators have expressed misgivings about the Republican bill.

"I would assume today we're closer than we were a week ago", Spicer said of the bill.

Even that goal, however, is proving elusive.

A reworked proposal failed to secure enough support for a vote last week.

"If you vote no, you're voting yes for Obamacare", the congressman said then.

JORDAN: Well, I think the administration's off to a good start with Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court. "I'm still talking to members".

MARTIN: The Freedom Caucus really showed its strength when it prevented a vote on President Trump's proposed health care bill earlier this month.

Asked what should happen if the GOP can not get this new version passed, Long said the president should step in more assertively.

Supporters of the bill, including Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY), have argued unsuccessfully with their more skeptical colleagues that this wouldn't affect the populations of more progressive states, which will not attempt to get such a waiver. "But frankly, we should be clear, this is not repeal of Obamacare. These changes include allowing states to waive the requirement for essential health benefits, which could deny patients the care and treatment they need to treat their conditions".

AshLee Strong, a spokeswoman for House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, when asked if a vote on healthcare had been added to the schedule, said there were no updates.

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Trump insisted on Monday that the new bill would maintain the protections. "The MacArthur amendment strips away any guarantee that pre-existing conditions would be covered and affordable".

President Donald Trump has a new Twitter feud and not with a specific person but the island officials of Puerto Rico. Anyone who voted "no" on that initial Republican bill would be supporting the status quo, he told the Springfield News-Leader in March. The amendment eliminates a demand that healthy and seriously ill customers pay the same rate. Proponents also noted that states can choose to leave current mandates in place.

Some have talked about being self-employed and receiving insurance through the Affordable Care Act only because of coverage for pre-existing conditions.

Imagine the criticism and consequences that the Trump White House and the entire GOP would be facing right now if we were in or on the brink of a government shutdown.

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By some counts, it was the first of some 50 times the Republicans would vote to repeal or revise Obamacare. "This Congress is going to be the busiest Congress we've had in decades, maybe ever", Trump predicted shortly after taking office. "That was a big part of Obamacare, and it's a big part of this". Other legislative priorities he had promised to work on with Congress during his first 100 days - including school choice legislation, ethics reforms and a community safety bill - have barely been discussed at all. All Democrats have to do is point to the spending bill and repeat ad nauseum, "Unlike Republicans, when we were the minority party, we absolutely worked with the party in power to pass a budget that gave both sides some of what they wanted".

"Legislating takes time", he said.

"I'm focusing on the appropriations bill for 2017, so that's my focus", he said. I never said repeal it and replace it within 64 days. "That's not almost long enough to draft legislation as consequential as this". So a vote this week seems optimal if they do indeed have the votes. Clock ticks down to spending deadline MORE (R-N.J.) on Monday refused to say if it had his support. "It'll go to conference committee".

The incessant flow of commentary from the White House is raising questions not just about how useful the administration's role is in pushing the bill but about also whether Trump actually knows what is in it. Even conservative economists estimate that a national system for covering people with pre-existing conditions with high-risk pools could require as much as $20 billion per year in federal subsidies, just to cover about 4 million people on the individual market.