In a closed-door meeting on Monday, Vice President Mike Pence, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney laid the plan before members of the House Freedom Caucus, whose refusal to support the American Health Care Act (AHCA) led to its demise.
A Republican senator playing a major role in the attempt to revive the healthcare bill said today that the Trump administration and Republican l lawmakers were still at an "impasse" in talks. And a lot of this push right now is maybe more about optics than optimism.
The Affordable Care Act won't fall apart on its own, but it could be compromised, and even crippled, if the Trump administration undermines it at every opportunity.
Obamacare has consistently split public opinion since Democrats muscled it to passage in 2010 without a single Republican vote, with many polls tilting to the negative side. The talks also ignore the fact that numerous GOP's "no" votes were based on the legislation's sweeping changes to how Medicaid is funded, and the current negotiations don't address those concerns at all.
Members of the House Freedom Caucus who blasted the first bill as "Obamacare lite" are reviewing a White House idea that would let states apply for a waiver from Obamacare insurance regulations that have been blamed for making coverage more expensive for healthier people.
No Democrats have offered support for any repeal and replace legislation to date, so all pro votes would have to be from the Republican side. Of the 30 who never said how they were going to vote and for whom we have ideological scores, 16 were more moderate than the average House Republican. Most media whip counts looked only at those who said they were against or concerned about the bill in its previous form. "If they don't do that, the individual market collapses, and that would be awful for the country".
And Paul says he believes "We are getting closer and closer to a bill that maybe all Republicans can support". And he said he didn't see, in his words, much energy in the room this morning when it came up - the revival - at the weekly House Republicans meeting.
These moderates would also likely be pressured by their constituents to oppose a more conservative AHCA.
Three out of four voters, including 51 percent of Republicans, say President Trump and Congress should make the Affordable Care Act work for now rather than make it fail so they can replace it later, according to poll results released Tuesday.
Some 55% thought it went too far in cutting existing programs, while only 35 percent felt it didn't do enough to end Obamacare.
Under the proposal from the White House, states would have the option of doing away with requirements in the health care law that insurers provide a minimum level of 10 "essential benefits", including those for pregnancy care, mental health treatment and other services.