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"That gives you a good feeling inside about what you're doing".
One of the waivers deals with the provision that requires insures to charge patients with pre-existing conditions the same rate as healthy consumers.
Conservatives pointed to the regulations-specifically one that mandated the services plans have to cover and a second that prevented insurers from charging sick customers more-as the reason for rising health insurance premiums. The legislation does things they oppose, including cutting the Medicaid health insurance program for the poor and providing less generous federal subsidies to help people buy coverage than under Obama's law. Whatever version of health care reform makes its way through the House will also have to make its way through the Senate.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. center, with. from left, Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky.; Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y.; Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of N.Y.; and Sen.
Conservatives embraced the revisions as a way to lower people's health care expenses. "It will make coverage more expensive for older Americans as they near retirement".
"I said it will find its time and I am satisfied we are moving at a pace, keeping people engaged", he said at a late night session of the House Rules Committee he chairs. With the MacArthur amendment in play, the Republican group has endorsed the bill.
Despite robust conservative support for the proposal, Republican leaders found themselves bleeding support from the conference's more centrist members, many of whom voiced concern over whether it would undercut the existing ban on pre-existing conditions.
"So it's the best of both worlds - it's a compromise", Meadows said. But Democrats, whose votes are needed to pass the measure, are pushing back.
The Hill is reporting that at least 21 Republicans have indicated they are a "no vote" for the current legislation. Bowers said Pittenger signed on to the bill Thursday because that was when it had become available. Meehan said he was called recently by Pence and lobbied "by everyone in leadership". Leaders say they're still hopeful it can be passed next week.
House Republicans pulled the previous version of the American Health Care from consideration in March after they failed to secure enough votes for its passage. But the air went out of the balloon after the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office concluded that 24 million Americans would lose their health insurance under the plan over the coming decade.
"I'm not aware of any members of the Tuesday Group who were a "no" and became a "yes" because of it", he said.
In addition to focusing on improving the individual market, Dent said Republicans need to pursue bipartisanship.
"They're not interested in how health policy actually works", said one insurance company official, who asked not to be identified discussing conversations with GOP officials. Amid the administration's unsuccessful attempt to gather support for the American Health Care Act, the president admitted he had no idea passing health care legislation would be so hard. "It is totally divorced from reality", he said. "That's not my intention, but legislation can be a messy process, as we're seeing", MacArthur said.
Associated Press writers Andrew Taylor, Mary Clare Jalonick and Kevin Freking contributed to this report.