But house of Representatives Republican leaders, burned by a March debacle on the measure, were dubious and signs were scant that an emerging plan was gaining enough votes to succeed.
House Republicans are launching a new effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, by amending the failed American Health Care Act. "If they tell us, however, that they recognize that President Trump won an election, and he should get some of his priorities funded for that reason, elections have consequences, as folks who win always like to say". "I'd like to say next week".
The original bill that Speaker Paul Ryan was forced to pull because he could not gather enough votes from his own party to pace it also faced an uphill climb in the Senate, where even Republicans balked at being associated with a law that would strip 24 million people of their health insurance.
Although it is possible that Congress might revisit the AHCA and this amendment as early as next week, the looming possibility of government shutdown next Friday will likely force them to first deal with a spending bill. He also attested during a news conference on Thursday that the idea that health care was dead was a media construct, having previously attested that he was giving up on health care for the moment and that his last offer to House Republicans was "take it or leave it".
The latest version of the proposal, published Thursday morning in Politico, would maintain popular benefits in President Barack Obama's signature domestic achievement, such as guaranteed coverage for emergency services and maternity care.
A White House aide first told The Washington Post that an "all hands" conference call would be convened on Saturday with a 'target date for [a] vote Wednesday'. This time, though, Rep. Tom MacArthur and Rep. Mark Meadows think they may have a compromise all Republicans can agree on. Vice President Mike Pence, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney and White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus have spearheaded the renewed efforts to help Republicans negotiate a deal they all feel comfortable supporting. The GOP health-care bill as it stands would instead allow states to spell out essential health benefits.
Republicans argue that the high-risk pools would then cover those people, taking them out of the regular insurance pool and lowering prices for everyone else, but high-risk pools have traditionally been underfunded by states and the federal government, resulting in poor coverage and high costs for those who need insurance the most.
For instance, states could choose to put people with pre-existing conditions in "high-risk pools".
"It looks to me like we're headed in the right direction", Dave Brat, a Freedom Caucus member, said. They don't necessarily vote as a bloc, and it is unclear how many colleagues MacArthur would bring with him to such an agreement. Thus far, GOP leaders have avoided openly seeking Democratic votes, preferring to craft a plan that can carry the House with purely Republican support.
There's increased optimism among the Trump White House and some in the Republican-led Congress that legislation to reform and replace Obamacare might just be coming together, just six weeks after the very-public collapse of the initial healthcare bill.