Wednesday, April 26, 2017

New ObamaCare replacement bill eliminates protections for people with pre-existing conditions

Moderate Republicans are facing a difficult decision on the House GOP’s ObamaCare replacement bill after a change to the plan increased conservative support.

The conservative House Freedom Caucus on Wednesday endorsed the revised version of the bill, leaving centrists as the GOP's sole obstacle to getting the votes needed to pass a bill fulfilling the party's longtime pledge to repeal Obamacare.

The Freedom Caucus's move came after a new amendment from centrist Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.) and conservative Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) that would allow states to apply for waivers to opt out of core ObamaCare protection for people with pre-existing conditions, which conservatives say drives up premiums.

But so far, no moderates have moved from no to yes on the bill, and some centrists have said privately that MacArthur was not negotiating on their behalf.

Weakening ObamaCare protections for people with pre-existing conditions could even move some moderates even further away from the bill.

“Those are the kind of concerns that obviously make me have to think long and hard about it,” said moderate Rep. Ryan Costello (R-Pa.) on Wednesday. Read full story here 

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