White House pushes to revive health bill

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The White House budget director says 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 leader of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows, and the head of the moderate Tuesday Group, New Jersey Rep. Tom MacArthur, are working toward a deal that could bring 18 to 20 new "Yes" votes from the conference's conservative wing, according to a source familiar with the talks.

Mulvaney said that the White House is willing to negotiate, but only if Democrats bend on funding the wall.

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The White House is hoping the House Republicans' Obamacare repeal bill will be brought to the floor for a vote the next week, shortly after they return from their Easter recess.

The colleagues he has spoken with appear "cautiously optimistic", Cole added. "The state must attest that its objective is to reduce the cost of health care or increase the number of people with health care coverage", Gallo said. There's no target date for a vote, whether next week or at any future time, the aide said.

In the meantime, outside groups are stepping up their pressure on Republicans.

One GOP aide also told CNN that the "legislative language is still being workshopped and there is no deadline for finalizing it".

The Senate Budget Committee is involved to make sure the plan complies with the Byrd Rule, which governs whether Congress can use the budget reconciliation process to lower the vote threshold.

"The [compromise] doesn't address the things that I had concerns about - the things I think are detrimental to the people I represent", Rep. Dan Donovan, a moderate New York Republican who says he's a "no" on the bill, told Politico.

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Mr Ryan sent a mixed message about the bill's prospects in remarks on Wednesday to reporters in London.

Brat, asked in the interview whether the latest bill would actually repeal Obamacare - a Trump campaign promise and a long-time goal of congressional Republicans - bluntly said "No".

Despite stressing that Trump wanted to move quickly, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said the focus was to "get it done right", and not within the 100-day mark, which falls on April 29.

But there are significant obstacles. The president, with no real understanding of how Congress works, said yesterday that the House should have no trouble avoiding a government shutdown and passing health care legislation over the course of four days.

According to the Huffington Post, Republican leadership in the House and Senate continue to review the amendment. Trump has threatened to withhold the payments as a means to force Democrats to negotiate on health care legislation.

Every new policy idea to satisfy the conservatives creates a new problem for the moderates, which leads to a new policy to satisfy them. And some Republicans are opposed to the wall as well, instead preferring to spend more on technologies such as sensors and drone aircraft to beef up border security.

In a Facebook statement on Thursday, MacArthur, the architect of the amended bill, said: "This amendment will make coverage of pre-existing conditions sacrosanct for all Americans and ensures essential health benefits remains the federal standard". But those states that allow insurers to rate patients individually would not be allowed to charge women more than men or older people more than five times the premium charged younger ones.

Health Status, as long as states set up high risk pools or participate in a federal high risk pool. The current deal-making has centered on what triggers would allow states to opt out and how much additional funding would be provided.

Critics noted that the amendment would allow states to opt out of several Obamacare consumer protection guarantees, such as a provision in the law banning insurers from charging certain consumers higher rates.

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