House GOP adds Obamacare repeal measure as it heads off to vacation

House GOP adds Obamacare repeal measure as it heads off to vacation

"The tide seems to have subsided a bit", said Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., a member of the hard-line House Freedom Caucus.

But they are downplaying the chance that those fights result in a government shutdown, saying even if they don't win all the battles, there are enough other must-pass bills later this year to stick them on. He said the hardline conservative Freedom Caucus have "moved the goalposts" and blew up hopes of a compromise.

A proposal discussed between the White House and leaders of the conservative House Freedom Caucus would let states to seek federal waivers of two insurance requirements Obama's law established.

"There were no agreements tonight, and no agreements in principle, and certainly no agreements in terms of a foundation", Meadows said Tuesday. To fund the high-risk pools under their bill, House Republicans have proposed providing states more than $100 billion in federal "stabilization" funds.

When House Republicans failed to reach an agreement on health-care reform last month, President Trump said he would concede the effort and "let Obamacare explode", while Speaker Paul Ryan announced that his conference would "move on with the rest of the agenda", including tax reform - leaving health care in the rearview mirror.

The finger-pointing follows a brief burst of optimism Monday when Vice President Mike Pence took charge of negotiations. Bannon has echoed these calls for action and was one of the most vocal players in pushing for a contentious floor vote in the hours before the legislation was initially shelved, believing that only a "foot on the throat" of House Republicans would get them to fall in line, according to one person close to Bannon.

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There was no legislative text put to the table by the White House.

The chair of the House Freedom Caucus, a group of conservative United States legislators who held up the Trump administration's attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, said that if offers made to the group by the White House appear, the majority would vote for it.

"Tax reform is numerically more hard if health care doesn't pass. Tax reform is procedurally more hard if health care doesn't pass. We're working to expand the appeal of the bill across all philosophies in the Republican conference", Mulvaney said.

"They want to get this done as quickly as possible", Meadows told reporters after Tuesday's meeting. He said Reps. David Schweikert (Ariz.) and Gary Palmer (Ala.) have sponsored an amendment to the American Health Care Act, which is created to reduce premium costs.

"I realize how important it is to keep up momentum so be assured that conversations will continue ... should we be prepared to advance our bill through the House in the coming two weeks, we will advise members immediately and give you sufficient time to return to Washington", McCarthy wrote Thursday morning in an e-mail to House Republicans.

GOP House members, particularly those from conservative areas, "are going to go home and get hammered for not repealing Obamacare", said Thomas Scully, a health policy official in both Bush administrations.

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"I think you will see funding in it for the wall", Mr. Meadows said Thursday at an event sponsored by Politico.

Yet it wasn't clear after another late-night meeting on Tuesday with Pence and a broader group of Republicans that the White House is committed to structuring the waiver in a way that conservatives say would bring down the price of premiums, according to one of the aides. Critics of the plan say many states had high-risk pools before the Affordable Care Act and the costs were so high that few people enrolled in them.

Ryan said: "What we have to do is find consensus and use sort of a bottom-up organic process". "The frustration that many members have right now is that deals are being brokered outside of the central committees".

The most recent push to revive the bill came as Trump renewed attacks on the Freedom Caucus and its leaders.

"We've got a couple months at least", the Wisconsin Republican said in an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Wednesday.

Many moderate members have panned the proposal.

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