Or, if the bill narrowly passes the House, it may well meet its demise in the Senate, where a bloc of Republicans have the votes to defeat the measure unless their demands are met to protect their constituents who rely on the ACA’s Medicaid expansion. “We’re getting that through” on Friday, McCarthy said of the temporary spending measure.
But it remained unclear whether the amended bill could win enough support from moderate Republicans to get the 216 votes needed to pass the U.S. House of Representatives given unanimous Democratic opposition.
The report said a new bill, crafted by Rep. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, was posted on the House Rules Committee’s website late Wednesday and it strikes the provision.
A CNN count of where members stood had 16 solid “no” votes on the bill and another 11 members undecided. “That doesn’t mean that this is the legislation we would have liked to have seen”, Amash said. What would the new House bill do? But there is unquestionably work to do. He said members the centrist caucus made clear to him, MacArthur and Rep. He says his one and only goal in offering a proposal to resuscitate the Republican effort to repeal Obama’s health care law is to help the individual health insurance market survive.
Before the recess, all eyes were on the conservative House Freedom Caucus, whose coalition of more than 30 members had stood united against House leadership’s health care bill.
Once again this week, if the Congress can’t reach a deal, there’s the threat of a government shutdown on Friday night.
Conservatives, led by Meadows, continued discussions with MacArthur, Republican leaders, and the Trump administration.
While the group’s support for the AHCA marks a significant development, it doesn’t necessarily guarantee there are enough votes to pass the measure just yet.
“I’ll go back to the premise that Ryan has, and that is if they have the votes, they’ll move it”. He said the vote would not occur Friday or Saturday. Elise Stefanik, the group’s third co-chair, that they did not want them to negotiate on behalf of the group.
If that happens, some US counties would be left with fewer health plan options in 2018, he said. “And I was told we can’t do anything about that”. Northern Virginia Rep. Barbara Comstock-whose announcement of her “no” vote in March served as a bellwether of the bill’s ultimate death-did not appear to be in the mood for discussing health care reform when I saw her Wednesday morning. Continuing the cost sharing payments isn’t the only fix Anderson wants, but it will help make his Obamacare plans viable.
The bill would now let states apply for waivers from key parts of the Affordable Care Act. The blanket waiver of essential health benefits at least should be of concern to some moderate Republicans.
What it looks like is House Republican leadership and the White House have traded one problem for another equally large problem.
Mulvaney sparred with Pelosi over the phone on Tuesday evening over health care and in a series of public statements on Wednesday. She’s concerned repeal of the Affordable Care Act could affect his coverage. “We’ve now made progress on both of these fronts”. He represents Ohio’s 4th Congressional District.
Members of the moderate wing aren’t publicly critical of MacArthur, who repeatedly has emphasized he was not negotiating for members of the group, only for himself. This bill is not even close to full repeal of Obamacare. They had to stick with the Gold, Premium, that type of thing.
The latest round of negotiations is also further splitting the Republican conference. But we think this is the best we’re going to get out of the House, and so we’re for it.
He said MacArthur was not speaking for the Tuesday Group and acknowledged there had been “some frustration” over his efforts. Collins said they are anxious about provisions in the legislation that would allow states to change their Medicaid funding to a block grant or to a system that would place a per-capita cap on funding, structures that would limit spending but also give states more flexibility about how to use federal dollars.