Republicans float new ObamaCare replacement plan

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Republicans need 216 votes to pass their health care bill, and based on statements from GOP members, even with the support of the entire Freedom Caucus, there may be enough moderate hold-outs to prevent passage of the amended bill.

The fact that Trump keeps trying to get this bill passed is great news for Democrats because with each attempt he makes the president is bringing Democrats closer to taking back Congress in 2018.

As The Washington Post reported Thursday night, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney explicitly said he's using Trump's wall as a bargaining chip in negotiations with Democrats, telling them that Republicans could be open to funding some of their pet causes-like subsidies under the Affordable Care Act-if they'll vote to fund the wall.

Money for the wall President Donald Trump wants to build along the USA border with Mexico must be part of the massive spending bill Congress is preparing, the White House budget director says.

So far, the main thing the new Republican majority has achieved on health care is to prove the Democrats right - they have made Obamacare more popular than it's been at any other point in its existence.

A White House source said they could potentially have a vote by the end of next week, though they put the chances at 50-50.

"Secondly", Brat said, the still-emerging proposal "lets health care return to the states".

"I'm optimistic that we will have a bill that accomplishes all the goals that so many of us have campaigned on, promised, and yet the work's not done", Meadows told the Asheville (N.C.) Citizen-Times. With special permission from the federal government, states could write their own essential health benefits and allow insurers to charge people with preexisting conditions higher premiums, as long as they also make a high-risk pool available to those patients.

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House Freedom Caucus chairman Mark Meadows explained to Breitbart News exclusively earlier this month that he expected House Republicans to unite around common principles and pass an Obamacare repeal that will lower premiums for Americans soon.

Critics argue this could make it more hard for some people to get healthcare, and GOP aides have said the changes may make it hard for centrists in the GOP caucus, who also opposed the first bill, to back this one. And as ever, there is a strong disconnect between what President Trump wants-any sort of legislative "achievement" before his first 100 days are up-and what the House Republican conference is capable of delivering.

Trump administration officials, eager to score a win amid a rocky start to the president's term, have been pushing for a new vote.

What remains to be seen is how the break from regular congressional activity might have changed the attitudes of some members.

In addition to concerns about those with pre-existing conditions, some moderate Republicans were also upset that the House bill would severely cut back funding for Medicaid, which provides health coverage for many opioid addicts.

The amendment would protect pre-existing conditions and restore essential health benefits.

The White House seems to think that it's on the shoals of victory on health care.

A substantial number of members of the Republican House conference have maximalist ideas about Obamacare repeal, and can't abide leaving a lot of the law's spending and (especially) insurance regulations in place. But GOP congressional leaders have been dubious of that timeline.