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White House Accused of Doublespeak by Freedom Caucus, Moderates on Health Care

The “guaranteed issue” is emerging as the biggest bone of contention among GOPers…

By NTK Staff | 04.05.2017 @11:19am
White House Accused of Doublespeak by Freedom Caucus, Moderates on Health Care

A behind-the-scenes attempt to cobble together a united GOP coalition for repealing and replacing Obamacare fell apart again Tuesday evening. At odds were the two wings of the Republican Party: Freedom Caucus members, who were told the new legislation would repeal “major Obamacare regulations” and moderates who were told the rollbacks would be modest.

Conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus say Vice President Mike Pence, chief of staff Reince Priebus and budget director Mick Mulvaney sought to win their votes by offering a repeal of major Obamacare regulations during a Monday night meeting. But moderates who met with the same Trump officials hours before were told the changes wouldn’t be as far-reaching.

A late-night huddle with Pence and the leaders of all the GOP caucuses in the basement of the Capitol failed to clarify the issue, leaving Hill insiders speculating whether the White House offered two different potential deals — or lawmakers selectively heard what they wanted.

If the White House is in fact telling each group what they want to hear, an actual plan for repealing and replacing Obamacare may be a long way off.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the White House offered no legislative text for members to consider. A serious bone of contention between the groups appears to be the “guaranteed issue”:

One topic that remains contentious is the ACA’s requirement that all individual and group plans must accept an applicant regardless of his or her health status, known as “guaranteed issue.”

“There’s probably a lot more concern over the guaranteed issue portion of that and what that may mean,” Mr. Meadows said.

Republicans are meeting again Wednesday with administration officials to hash out some of these issues, but Politico notes it’s “unclear where they go from here.”

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