Pence presents new health-care offer to Freedom Caucus
- Author: Aubrey Nash Apr 05, 2017,
Apr 05, 2017, 1:48
I think we need it. "But I don't necessarily think that's an advisable path to winning votes". "People are going to expect points on the board".
DONALD TRUMP: Yes. Because it happens to be one of the strongest assets.
It's clear that Vice President Pence is deeply involved in the talks. "Many of them have already left, and many of them as you know have already given us their vote". The House, particularly House Speaker Paul Ryan, spearheaded the last Republican health care effort. He made the same promises. The plan would help cover those higher prices by allocating $115 billion through the Patient and State stability fund to assist sick people facing the highest costs. "When you look at the document, when you look at the legislation, it doesn't repeal Obamacare". And he said that "one way or the other, I promised the people great health care". In the meantime, Trump is stoking animosity among a key voting bloc by criticizing them on Twitter.
Politically speaking, it's hard to know how serious this effort is.
Lawmakers said on Monday that the White House would like to see a revised bill come up for a vote as early as week's end, before the House breaks for its spring recess, and that the new proposal's text could be ready some time on Tuesday. "They're much closer to the people they represent". The potential new deal appears to be an alternative option that would allow states to opt out.
Meadows said a tentative deal with the House Freedom Caucus would let states waive the essential health benefits requirement (EHB) and community rating regulations.
Grisham added that health care would be a big focus at discussions during the outing. The wonky term for this is "community rating", because it means everybody in the community is paying the same price, regardless of health status. If insurers can charge somebody with medical problems exorbitant premiums, then a guarantee of coverage is basically meaningless. "It's all about getting the premiums down".
But "if we don't get what we want, we will make a deal with the Democrats", he said. In one instance, she said, a Colorado insurer actually sought premiums that were 2,000 times the standard rate.
"He seems both politically and personally isolated these days", said David Gergen, a former adviser to Democratic and Republican presidents dating back to Richard Nixon.
The final plan would have saved the federal government about $5 billion annually. "They wanted to work with Congress, they accepted the congressional plan and it blew up on them".
The supposed virtue of these changes is that they would "lower costs".
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".
Republican leaders in Congress concede that the Affordable Care Act, which they like to refer to as Obamacare, will be around for the foreseeable future. The American people now own it, and they clearly don't want it replaced, they just want it fixed. The theory is more or less correct.
The latest proposals would mean that Trump is reneging on a promise to uphold one of the law's most popular provisions: that insurers can not discriminate against those with pre-existing conditions. She said she hopes Congress will work in a bipartisan way going forward to address those challenges, adding that it has "a ideal opportunity to do that now".
But the theory has a second part, one Republicans nearly never mention. They would not have to pay for costly benefits, such as mental health services or even hospitalization. And now, Republicans are negotiating terms for another bill to replace the Affordable Care Act that is far, far worse than the initial clusterfuck of a healthcare bill they proposed.