White House tries to woo GOP lawmakers with revised health care bill

Trump Takes up Health Care With Rand Paul, on Golf Course

Vice President Mike Pence and other top administration officials were offering to let states request federal exemptions from insurance coverage requirements imposed by President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-N.J., a leader of the moderate House Tuesday Group, was among moderate lawmakers who met with officials at the White House earlier Monday, a GOP aide said.

The proposal under discussion among conservative House Freedom Caucus members and the White House would allow states to opt out of two key Affordable Care Act provisions: essential health benefits, which require insurers to cover certain services, and community rating, which bars carriers from charging consumers based on their medical history or gender.

"It's an acknowledgement that they were chasing votes with the Freedom Caucus and the Far Right and then ended up losing votes with those of us who are typically the most reliable votes", Collins said of the proposal provisions discussed at the meeting.

Trump, Gohmert said, "was ready to make a deal" with the caucus after meeting with them on health care.

The result has been a presidency lacking in significant victories, beset by major stumbles - including the downfall of the Republicans' health-care bill and his travel ban on six Muslim-majority countries - and that is increasingly the target of litigation as a result of executive actions, especially related to the environment.

About a week after House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., pulled the bill from the House floor, Trump directed his Twitter fire on fellow Republicans.

Paul, a board-certified ophthalmologist before following his father, former Representative Ron Paul, into politics, had a prickly relationship with Trump even before the health-care standoff.

However, Ryan said he would not put "some kind of artificial deadline" on a revamped plan.

Over the past seven years, for example, opponents of Obamacare have made much of the fact that the Affordable Care Act was passed without any Republican support.

It was unclear, however, whether GOP moderates would accept the proposed changes. Ways and Means Chair Kevin Brady told reporters, "I don't know that there are any negotiations occurring; I know that there are conversations between members". One of about 40 members of the Freedom Caucus, Gosar opposed the bill because it left portions of "Obamacare" intact.

Conservative House Republicans are entertaining a White House offer to revise the party's failed health care bill. Contrary to the president's incensed tweets, the AHCA went down to defeat not only thanks to the House Freedom Caucus, but also thanks to the so-called "Coverage Caucus" of more cautious Republicans who balked at the prospect of depriving millions of their constituents of health insurance.

Also at Monday evening's meeting with conservatives were White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and budget director Mick Mulvaney. "The second way, which I hate to see, then the Freedom Caucus loses so big and I hate to see that", said Trump.

"The changes being suggested aren't enough to get me to yes". After dealing initially dealing with the House Freedom Caucus with a carrot, Trump has settled on a stick, promising to "fight" Freedom Caucus members along with Democrats in 2018.

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".

"I'm not going to raise expectations, but I think that there are more and more people coming to the table with more and more ideas about how to grow that vote", Spicer said.

One thing that has become increasingly clear in the wake of the health care collapse is rank-and-file members are in large part desperate to find a way to get the conference to "yes".

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