How the revised Trumpcare plan could hit Americans with pre-existing conditions

Cheryl Sanders
April 16, 2017

Less than two weeks after a GOP bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act died, White House officials met with members of Washington's conservative bloc who refused to back it in a bid to devise a new plan - and this new proposition could leave many Americans who have pre-existing health conditions without the care they need.

The lack of progress frustrated some Republicans almost two weeks after House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, was forced to pull the American Health Care Act from the House floor - a major setback for President Trump and Republicans in Congress.

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows told reporters after the meeting that the talks centered on an amendment to the bill that would create a "backstop" to ensure individuals in high-risk insurance pools don't see unaffordable premiums, the Reuters article notes. There was a reason why the bill polled at only 17%, Jordan said, "we didn't really have actual amendments were accepted in the committee process - I think you had done all that you might have got a product that was better than 17% approval rating".

So, Republicans can't agree whether sick people should be included with old people in high-risk pools of insureds, to which insurance companies would be able to charge higher premiums and offer less guaranteed coverage.

Leadership announced a last-minute Rules Committee meeting on an amendment to the American Health Care Act - put forward by House Freedom Caucus members Gary Palmer of Alabama and David Schweikert of Arizona - allowing them to go back to their districts with the message they are making progress on the bill.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration and Republican lawmakers plan to continue their uphill effort to exhume the House GOP's health care bill, but remain adrift and divided over how to reshape it to attract enough votes to muscle it through the chamber.

Speaker Ryan told reporters he found the meeting to be "very productive" saying they'd set no deadline to come to a deal, contra to the media narrative suggesting Republicans must move quickly.

Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., one of President Donald Trump's closest House allies, said Heritage "is about one thing: raising money".

"I don't know that it's gets easier, I don't know if it gets more hard", Meadows said of addressing health care later this month.

With a Republican in the White House, that passage seemed nearly a done deal. "Pence said he supports our plan of reforming, and funding changes to high risk pools, specifically to deal with pre-existing conditions".

Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., said Wednesday that rolling back those mandates - meant to protect insurance access for people with pre-existing medical conditions - would be a nonstarter: "It goes counter to the president's promises".

Vice President Mike Pence floated this idea on Monday, Freedom Caucus members say.

House leaders say it's noteworthy members within the party can agree on a health care policy.

'The healthcare bill, they can do it or they can't do it.

'We're not anxious about the Trump administration, ' Ryan said, noting how both the White House and Congress are under Republican control. "Some of my friends on the right need to figure out that we can't get everything we want". The administration has floated the idea of allowing states to opt for a waiver on Obamacare regulations, hoping the compromise would placate both sides.

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