Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

White House looking to revive reapl of Obamacare

White House looking to revive reapl of Obamacare

Without the full language it's unclear whether the plan could bring in enough votes to pass, says a senior House Republican aide.

Tax experts say the proposal's future depends on whether the White House backs it. President Donald Trump, who dislikes the term "border adjustment", said on Tuesday his tax reform plan would create "a level playing field" for US industry - a phrase widely viewed as referring to some kind of border tax.

"I have a hard time believing that this will be acceptable to moderates in the House, much less the Senate, and will certainly be opposed by all Democrats", Jost says.

However, one week ago, Trump told the Wall Street Journal he was considering a freeze on subsidies in order to strong-arm the Democrats into supporting the American Healthcare Act, which was withdrawn before a congressional vote in March because of limited support. "I don't get it".

"Processing silent returns means that taxpayer returns are not systematically rejected, allowing them to be processed and minimizing burden on taxpayers, including those expecting a refund", the agency said in a statement, referring to returns that don't indicate the taxpayer's health-care status.

Many Republicans also expressed doubts that the health care compromise would win over enough lawmakers to put the bill over the top, especially among moderates.

A moderate House Republican is proposing a new deal to secure GOP votes for a health care bill that was pulled before a vote almost a month ago, but it's unclear whether the latest proposal would bring the party together when several previous efforts have failed. Much of the concern continues to center on gutting Obamacare's protections for those with pre-existing conditions.

The colleagues he has spoken with appear "cautiously optimistic", Cole added.

Heath insurance companies are meeting with CMS Administrator Seema Verma today to try to determine if President Donald Trump intends to pull $7 billion in funding from companies that sell plans on Affordable Care Act exchanges.

Freedom Caucus sources say that that the MacArthur amendment would secure 25 to 30 more votes from conservatives and that the new bill would get "very close" to 216 votes.

The proposal aims to increase the approval by Freedom Caucus members and moderate members of Congress. "There is no legislative text and, therefore, no agreement to do a whip count on".

"We're starting positive, but all options are on the table", one adviser said. "Not necessarily. I unfortunately am in the camp that it's going to get worse before it gets better for 2018", Gurda said.

In a speech in London on Wednesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan said that "health care is not dead".

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".

Trump has made clear he wants progress fast on health care repeal - a campaign promise that he said would be completed on "Day One" but that has remained bogged down nearing the 100th day of his presidency, April 29.

But there are significant obstacles.

Yet GOP lawmakers and aides to party leaders, conservatives and moderates alike were skeptical that the House would vote next week on the health legislation. The spending the Freedom Caucus hates is what keeps coverage levels high. He shrugged off the recent failure of the GOP health-care bill by saying the law is "exploding" anyway.

Blumenthal said Democrats maintain the subsidy payments are a "mandated" part of the Affordable Care Act, but conceded a federal court previous year ruled those payments were illegal because Congress never appropriated the money.

"Mr. Trump is threatening to kill a program in the ACA. that pays health insurers to offer plans with lower deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses to about seven million lower-income and middle-class people".

Moreover, while the bill putatively preserves the ban on denying people coverage for pre-existing conditions, which President Trump has repeatedly pledged to protect, most people would agree that this provision isn't worth much if insurers can charge sick people any amount.

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. Several GOP governors in states that expanded Medicaid to low-income adults were pushing representatives to revise these provisions in the House bill.

The new proposal, which was reported by Politico and The Huffington Post, is an amendment to that bill.

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