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New Life for Obamacare Repeal? White House Resumes Negotiations With House GOP

by Countable | 4.4.17

The Trump administration is trying to breathe new life into efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (commonly known as Obamacare), though it remains to be seen whether reluctant Republicans can be persuaded.

Vice President Mike Pence joined other White House officials in meeting with conservative members of the House Freedom Caucus and moderate Republicans from the Tuesday Group on Monday to present an idea that they hope will revive GOP efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare. Talks had stalled after a lack of support caused House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) to cancel a vote on the American Health Care Act in the House in late March.

The new proposal, which wasn’t presented as a formal draft, would let states seek federal waivers exempting them from two of Obamacare’s health insurance mandates — the essential health benefits mandate and the community rating mandate. The essential health benefits mandate requires health insurance plans to cover certain treatments, such as maternity care, prescription drugs and substance abuse, while the community rating mandate requires insurers to charge the same price to everyone who is the same age, regardless of their health.

While members of both the Freedom Caucus and Tuesday Group expressed guarded optimism that a deal could unify House Republicans, there’s no timeline yet for when a revised healthcare bill could come up for a vote. Lawmakers who attended the meetings declined to impose "artificial deadlines" on reaching an agreement, but said a deal could be reached this week and that some members be willing to work through part of the upcoming two-week recess to get a bill passed.

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  • Dayle
    04/04/2017
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    Leave the ACA alone until you can GUARANTEE the same mandated coverage for ALL regardless of the state they live in! No maternity care??? REALLY???

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  • Dave
    04/04/2017
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    The meeting took place nine days before Mr. Trump’s inauguration and involved businessman Erik Prince, the Post reported. Prince, the founder of the security firm Blackwater and now the head of the Hong Kong-based company Frontier Services Group, has ties to Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon and is the brother of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Healthcare is being used to distract from Russia ties!

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  • Joan
    04/04/2017
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    Leave healthcare alone. The GOP evidently cannot put a bill together that will satisfy all their different factions. Leave well enough alone. Form a healthcare nonpartisan committee to figure out how to approve ACA. You work for me, please don't forget that!

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  • Dave
    04/04/2017
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    Washington Post; The meeting took place nine days before Mr. Trump’s inauguration and involved businessman Erik Prince, the Post reported. Prince, the founder of the security firm Blackwater and now the head of the Hong Kong-based company Frontier Services Group, has ties to Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon and is the brother of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Healthcare is a distraction!

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  • Joe
    04/05/2017
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    "White House resumes negotiations with GOP." This is their statement. Why isn't the White House working with BOTH parties? Isn't that how we find solutions to everyone's problems? We're not looking for a solution that only benefits Republicans. Working together is the ONLY solution.

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  • Debbie
    04/05/2017
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    Please stop trying to push bad legislation. Make a bipartisan push to revise the ACA to address the problems. Do not repeal the ACA - it will leave my family in danger of losing their healthcare because of pre-existing conditions. And a reminder the majority of Americans want to keep ACA. You are there to represent us.

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  • Melissa
    04/05/2017
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    Americans NEED and WANT many of the things that the ACA provides. Stop talking about repealing and fix the parts that are not working. The citizens of this country are not pawns in a game of Democrats vs. Republicans. Work together and come up with something that is truly great!

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  • SouthernGal
    04/04/2017
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    Medicare for all & let them set all fees, & prices. Done.

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  • Chad
    04/04/2017
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    Unfortunately, we the working class have already lost the value in our health insurance, in favor of low cost/low benefit options to placate the Democrat base. All we can do now is minimize the damage done, and repeal the ACA!

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  • Marilyn
    04/04/2017
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    We all know the ACA is the first step in guaranteeing ALL Americans adequate health care. We are the ONLY industrialized country that does NOT believe that health care is a right that must be given to all based on a moral imperative. We are also the ONLY country that supports a FOR PROFIT insurance industry! What a sham! Let us work together to improve the ACA.

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  • Barbara
    04/04/2017
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    I understand this new version is even worse than the last. Let the insurance companies dictate how much they will charge someone with pre-existing condition. Republicans have the nerve to get angry when being accused of not caring for people. Go back to counting the money you got from internet providers when you passed a bill allowing them to sell our browser history.

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  • Reeni
    04/05/2017
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    Medicare option for all is the best way to get costs under control. The health care system is unsustainable without price controls.health care is essential for a healthy country.

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  • Lynda
    04/05/2017
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    Healthcare costs are the #1 reason why folks go bankrupt. If the ACA goes more people will be in.serious financial trouble because you never know when extreme illness or an accident will happen. So make improvements to ACA and stop all this repeal nonsense. Even Trump supporters are not immune to catastrophic health events. We will all have to pay for a huge congressional mistake if they continue to act like children and pursue repeal instead of improving.

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  • ThinkingWoman
    04/05/2017
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    Stop trying to dump a decent plan in the ACA and try to improve what is already there.

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  • DrCindyBean
    04/04/2017
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    Keep ACA. Stop putting forward horrible options and trying to cram things through in a hurry. Take from some months or a year to really look into how ACA can be improved. You need to work to improve the lives of citizens- and not just to reduce taxes for you wealthy cronies. Keep ACA. Make it as strong and good as possible. Take time to carefully and thoughtfully move ahead with good health care for ALL.

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  • TMoorePA610
    04/04/2017
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    Do NOT repeal the ACA. Republicans and Democrats have a terrific opportunity to work together for the sake of the American people in a bipartisan effort to tweak and improve the ACA - a law that is in place, is working, and has covered many millions of people who had no coverage before it. AGAIN, GIVE IT UP!! DO NOT REPEAL THE ACA; WORK TOGETHER TO IMPROVE IT.

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  • Melanie
    04/04/2017
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    Please stop trying to push bad legislation. Make a bipartisan push to revise the ACA to address the problems. Do not repeal the ACA - it will leave my family in danger of losing their healthcare because of pre-existing conditions.

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  • Patty
    04/04/2017
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    More wasted time and effort. They have not accomplished one single thing that benefits the American people. They concentrate solely on their agenda of ego, greed and mass corruption.

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  • Desiree
    04/04/2017
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    This is worse than the recent effort. R's prepare to be voted out of office ASAP. Instead implement Medicare for all and retrain the healthcare insurance industry workforce. Ask a Betsy how that might happen.

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  • Judith
    04/04/2017
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    I think anything that the Republicans do at this point is totally suspect and I would be wondering how they or their buddies are going to profit from any changes to the healthcare law. Never in my life have I ever distrust of people so much as I do The present GOP Congress

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