Lawmakers weigh White House offer to revive health care bill

Mark Meadows, the chairman of the Freedom Caucus, told reporters that the White House officials presented a "solid idea" on health care that could lead to compromise, and that his camp is "encouraged by the progress that we seem to be making".

Meanwhile, some House Freedom Caucus members, representing the most conservative Republicans who control Congress, were already criticizing the revamped healthcare outline.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top adviser to President Donald Trump on Saturday urged the defeat of a MI congressman and member of a conservative group of U.S. House lawmakers who derailed the White House on legislation to repeal and replace the Obama-era health care law. "We will never meet with the Freedom Caucus", said Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., a member of the Tuesday Group.

Paul has argued his bill more fully repeals and replaces the 2010 health care law, under which consumers are facing rising costs and fewer policy options.

A Republican senator playing a major role in the attempt to revive the healthcare bill, Rand Paul, said on Tuesday that the Trump administration and Republican lawmakers were still at an "impasse" in talks.

Rep. Gosar said the Trump-Ryan plan still had too many "mandates and regulations" that have increased the cost of insurance.

Anybody, especially the media, "who thinks that Repeal & Replace of ObamaCare is dead does not know the love and strength" in the Republican Party, Trump assured his 27 million Twitter followers. They have begun new conversations about a different bill, that they hope could garner enough support from House Republicans to pass out of the chamber.

Under the White House proposal, states could apply for a federal waiver from a provision in Obama's statute obliging insurers to cover "essential health benefits", including mental health, maternity and substance abuse services. Most of the right-wing Republican House members in the Freedom Caucus, now in the president's crosshairs, outperformed him in the past election, giving them little incentive to cooperate.

"We have the House, the Senate, the White House", said David Winston, a GOP strategist who advises congressional leaders.

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"I don't see how that would work", Coffman said adding that he still needed to see "what else is in the bill".

Conservative House Republicans are entertaining a White House offer to revise the party's failed health care bill. Spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said Trump would be golfing and talking policy with Paul and budget director Mick Mulvaney.

"I would like to get this finished", Walters told The Hill.

In addition, the White House would let states seek an exemption to the law's provision banning insurers from charging higher premiums for seriously ill people.

If President Trump had the kind of power that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wields, he would have been able to do something virtually unthinkable in American politics: to punish recalcitrant Republicans from both the Freedom and Coverage Caucuses alike by simply expelling them from the Republican Party altogether.

Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), co-chair of the Tuesday Group, said he's still a no on the bill and thinks changes to community rating could be hard for some Republicans to accept.

"We are not now negotiating with the Freedom Caucus".

In a statement to be published in the April 15 issue of Catholic Health World, a CHA publication, Keehan said the association remains "concerned about the continued affordability and stability of the individual health insurance market under the ACA".

Ryan has suggested that they get together to sort out their differences, but it's not happening, according to one key lawmaker.

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