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Health Care Compromise Circulates As Congress Prepares to Return

Health Care Compromise Circulates As Congress Prepares to Return

A united Republican bill to repeal and replace Obamacare appears more and more out of reach after an Easter recess full of rowdy town halls, which have emboldened centrist Republicans to oppose an aggressive repeal of Obamacare being pushed by conservative Republicans and the White House. Additionally, House Speaker Paul Ryan said in London on Wednesday that the GOP was putting the "finishing touches" on an Obamacare deal.

"The question is whether it can get 216 votes in the House, and the answer isn't clear at this time", said a senior GOP aide, referring to the number of votes likely necessary to pass the legislation.

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

Although a federal judge ruled that the Affordable Care Act did not authorize the White House to make payments without congressional appropriation or permission, after a successful legal challenge by House Republicans, the same judge also said that the administration could still make payments to Obamacare while the decision was up for appeal. But, in an attempt to reconcile the desire for greater coverage with conservative concerns about Obamacare's regulations and ensuing premium hikes, the amendment will also offer states the option of obtaining limited waivers for some of the AHCA's requirements.

According to The Huffington Post, the deal would initially keep two provisions - essential health benefits and community rating - favored by moderate GOP lawmakers but allow states to waive these protections.

The White House and House Republicans pulled legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare last month after failing to garner enough support for passage. At the minimum, it looks like Congress will buy some more time by passing a stopgap funding bill, effectively extending the shutdown deadline. "There's no deal,"a moderate GOP aide told The Hill". "We're still waiting to figure out what President Trump is going to embrace", says Traub, who's now at the consulting firm Deloitte.

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"I know that our team has continued to work with members of the House in particular to see if there's a way forward", Spicer said. "I don't think anyone in Springfield thinks we can make that happen right now".

Moore and other prominent Republicans pushing these ideas, including publisher Steve Forbes and economists Larry Kudlow and Arthur Laffer, say even some Democrats might support them. The concessions also might not be enough for some conservatives, who have expressed issue with Republicans establishing an advance refundable tax credit to help pay for insurance.

"There's a balancing act here that the leadership and the White House have got to come to".

The outgoing Obama administration had said that starting this year, the IRS wouldn't accept tax filings if people failed to indicate whether they had been insured.

The revised plan would reportedly allow states to apply for waivers to repeal protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions, according to the report. "Members may be desperate to give their constituents something in return for having the majority for four months".

The tax-writing committee of the U.S. House of Representatives will begin holding hearings on a Republican tax reform proposal next week, the panel's chairman said on Tuesday, even as the timeline for overhauling the tax code slips toward late 2017.


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