New GOP health care plan could raise premiums for the sick

High-risk pools have always been a target for House Republicans, and passing the amendment would show some consensus before the Easter break. "Let's look at legislative text", he said.

Asked about caucus meetings where Vice President Mike Pence was understood to have made offers about what the new legislation would look like, Freedom Caucus chair, Republican Mark Meadows said: "If those offers that were made over the last couple of days actually appear in a legislation, the majority - if not nearly all - of the Freedom Caucus will vote for this bill".

The new, two-fold proposal would let states forgo theessential benefit requirement, which forces insurers to cover 10 areas of basic health care, such as maternity care and hospitalizations. But some moderate GOP congressmen have opposed it because it would too drastically roll back gains in insurance coverage seen under Obamacare. To mitigate costs to insurers from high-risk pools, since sicker people are more expensive and there are no healthy people to balance out the costs, the federal government would allocate funding to the states to distribute to insurers and patients to bring the costs down. Conservatives have argued that such restrictions inflate consumer costs.

Rep. Raúl Labrador, R-Idaho, one of the hard-right House Freedom Caucus' most outspoken members, called it a "good" amendment but said he is "not yet" ready to sign on to the underlying measure. Lawmakers said there was wide agreement on the idea at a meeting of different factions Tuesday night.

The House is scheduled to be out of session until Tuesday, April 25.

Moderates, in turn, blamed conservatives for constantly altering their demands.

Ryan repeatedly said prior to the introduction of the AHCA that the Republicans would have the repeal and replace of Obamacare done by the end of March.

A former Obama administration insurance regulator said its likely that the companies would press states to seek waivers under the latest Republican idea.

The White House offer got an uneven reception Tuesday from GOP moderates and conservatives, leaving prospects shaky that the party could salvage one of its leading priorities in Congress.

House GOP leaders seeking to change the narrative on the health care talks announced plans to tweak their proposal on Thursday before members leave for a two-week recess, a move they touted as "progress".

The change comes after Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanThe Hill's 12:30 Report Spoiler alert: We already are a single-payer country Nunes steps aside from Russian Federation investigation MORE (R-Wis.) and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) went to the White House on Wednesday night and met with officials, including President Trump briefly. He said talks were in "the conceptual stage".

The plan Pence floated on Monday to the Freedom Caucus is far from final, and it would need to be drafted into a bill or and amendment before Congress could vote on it. "We continue to work toward spring action from the Ways and Means Committee and continue to work to get this done in 2017", Brady told reporters.

Trumpcare appears deader than ever, despite another attempt by the White House to breath new life into the stalled effort to repeal Obamacare. About 2 in 3 said they were glad the House GOP bill didnt pass last month. But people split evenly between wanting to keep or repeal Obama's statute.

The underlying House Republican bill would repeal much of the 2010 law. “You will get guaranteed access to coverage, but you wont be able to afford it.” Her nonpartisan organization offers policy advice to states.