House Republicans Gear Up for Possible Health Care Vote This Week

Gov't shutdown, health bill rescue at stake in Congress

States could also allow insurers to charge higher premiums for people with pre-existing conditions who have had a gap in coverage of at least 63 days in the prior year.

Trump said: "Pre-existing conditions are in the bill".

Freedom Caucus members largely defeated the original bill but several moderate Republicans also opposed the AHCA. In North Carolina, for example, an insurer could claim to satisfy that goal simply by returning to a market where many consumers have just one choice of insurance company.

On Thursday, Rep. Dan Donovan, R-New York, reiterated that he would vote no on the bill because it gives people with pre-existing conditions "less access to health care than they presently have".

Cohn told CBS he expects the plan to come to the House floor for a full vote, saying the White House was "convinced we've got the votes". "I'm not sure they can dress it up to convince people it's not going to be harmful".

Speaker Paul Ryan and his top lieutenants decided during a late night huddle in the Capitol that they still do not have the votes to pass the stalled Affordable Care Act, CNN reported.

Matthew Fielder, a fellow at the Brookings Institution, this week published new analysis that said the McArthur Amendment, named after Rep. Tom McArthur (R-N.J.), would charge sick people much more for coverage and deplete the insurance risk pool of healthy people. "[Trump] wants people with preexisting conditions to have insurance ..."

A spokeswoman to Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Illinois, said that he is undecided on the bill.

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While the House GOP conference attempts to wrangle votes, the White House has also sought to apply pressure ahead of the 100-day mark in President Donald Trump's administration.

Here's the problem: The bill as now constituted would keep the Obamacare mandate that people with pre-existing conditions be covered, but would allow states to apply for waivers that could greatly change the cost and quality of that coverage. "It's not in its final form right now", he said during an Oval Office interview Monday with Bloomberg News.

Also, many lower-income people could get caught by this amendment if the bill becomes law, noted Sabrina Corlette, research professor at Georgetown University's Health Policy Institute. GOP leaders avoided a planned House vote last month, which would have failed due to opposition from GOP moderates and conservatives alike. Vox had identified the loophole in the new version of the GOP health care bill that would have exempted lawmakers and their staff from the the new health care plan. I think the vast, vast majority of the House Freedom Caucus supports the legislation, and we think we're real close to having the overall votes we need. "That, as we would say, trumps trade".

MacArthur leads the Tuesday Group, a collection of moderate House Republicans working with the conservative Freedom Caucus on a bill to replace ObamaCare. Others deal with mandated health benefits like maternity care.

Many moderates say they oppose the revised bill.

House Republicans introduced a stopgap spending bill late Wednesday night to allow negotiations on a spending agreement to continue through May 5 without the threat of a government shutdown.

Asked to explain Trump's statements, spokesman Sean Spicer said Sunday that under the current version of the measure, people with pre-existing conditions who maintain coverage will not be affected. Let me read you part of the end of this amendment, okay? "I don't think we can stop", said Rep. Brett Guthrie, a Republican who serves on the House's Energy and Commerce Committee told CNN last week.

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