Health Care Compromise Circulates As Congress Prepares to Return

Health Care Compromise Circulates As Congress Prepares to Return

Health Care Compromise Circulates As Congress Prepares to Return

"It's fantastic the diverse things you hear from different people", Cole said, noting the responses range from "'it's hopeless" to "Oh, it's going to get there'". A recent poll from Priorities USA found that 36 percent opposed Trump's health care proposals, a number that jumped to 51 percent after the details of the plan were released, and remains at 50 percent today. "So, yeah, I think we'll get both".

Biggs, a member of the Freedom Caucus, said he still has questions about the plan, which resembles an offer put forth by Vice President Mike Pence before Republicans departed for their home districts for Easter recess. There is not yet legislative text for the revised health-care proposal, and no vote is scheduled for next week, so far, three GOP aides told CNBC.

"Every time they move the scrimmage line, you risk losing other people who were "yes" but this changes them to a 'no, '" Rep. Dan Donovan, R-N.Y., said Thursday of attempts to win over one end of the GOP spectrum without losing votes from the other side.

This is a great plan, and this will be great health care.

Ryan said he and others are working on "finishing touches" to their repeal and replace legislation, though he also acknowledged that this work is "difficult".

House Speaker Paul Ryan in late March canceled the House vote over the GOP's first effort under President Donald Trump to repeal and replace the ACA after it became clear the effort would not pass. Ryan described the death of the bill as a "disappointing day".

But there are significant obstacles.

But they've found themselves at an impasse over the last few weeks, as moderates anxious about depriving consumers of certain health-care benefits and conservatives felt the GOP plan left too much of the Democrats' health-care law in place.

Many Freedom Caucus members said they did not support the bill because it did not do enough to dismantle Obamacare. These measures contain the main protections for those with pre-existing conditions, as well as more general consumer protections that ensure enrollees get comprehensive benefits and limit their financial liability if they get sick. If anything, additional moderate members could pull support for the bill given the implications for coverage of pre-existing conditions. The law required, as of 2014, that all health care insurance providers cover everyone regardless of their existing conditions. States that repeal Obamacare's community rating rules would have to join a federal high-risk pool or establish a local high-risk pool to obtain the waiver.

But the plan also allows states to waive those protections.

The plan also doesn't address the concerns of moderates who are anxious about cuts to Medicaid and tax benefits that are too small to help people purchase individual coverage.