Obamacare Repeal is Back. The Question for the GOP: Should They Wait or Should They Go? Obamacare Repeal is Back. The Question for the GOP: Should They Wait or Should They Go? – NTK Network

Obamacare Repeal is Back. The Question for the GOP: Should They Wait or Should They Go?

Yet again, there is clear momentum for Obamacare repeal in Washington, D.C. Will the GOP squeeze a vote in before the 100-day mark on April 29, or wait?

By NTK Staff | 04.21.2017 @2:30pm
Obamacare Repeal is Back. The Question for the GOP: Should They Wait or Should They Go?

Obamacare repeal is back, according to multiple media reports. After the first Republican effort to repeal Obamacare in 2017 failed, Democrats were “gleeful.” Just a month later, though, the long-time GOP goal may be within reach again.

Politico reported on Thursday about a “tentative deal” reached by House Republicans, that may bring 15 to 20 House Freedom Caucus (HFC) members on board. The HFC was a key opponent of the first repeal effort, in March.

According to a draft of the tentative deal obtained by POLITICO, the latest proposal would allow states to apply for “limited waivers” that would undermine Obamacare’s protections for pre-existing conditions. Under these waivers, states could opt out of Obamacare standards setting minimum benefits that health plans must offer and a requirement — called community rating — forbidding insurers from charging different prices to people based on health status.

The key question now, it appears, is: will the House GOP vote on Obamacare repeal next week, or will they have to wait until May?

Bloomberg reported that the White House and the House GOP are “at odds” over the timing:

A White House aide said President Donald Trump’s administration expects the House to vote soon after lawmakers return from recess on Tuesday, and draft language could be circulated as soon as Thursday night. Success would give the president a legislative victory to boast about before his 100th day in office April 29.

But a senior House Republican aide said that revised language for a bill hasn’t been agreed on and there’s no text yet for lawmakers to review. There’s no target date for a vote, whether next week or at any future time, the aide said.

The key tension, it appears, is President Trump’s desire to have a major legislative achievement with the reality that a complicated health care reform bill takes time. The GOP learned this lesson in March. What will April hold for ‘repeal-and-replace’? Stay tuned.

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