A resurrected Republican healthcare plan reportedly isn't likely to be ready for a congressional vote before President Donald Trump's 100th day in office.
North Carolina GOP Rep. Mark Meadows, chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, and New Jersey GOP Rep. Tom MacArthur, co-chairman of the moderate Tuesday Group, are nearing a deal on changes to the stalled health care bill, The Hill reported Thursday.
"The question is whether it can get 216 votes in the House, and the answer isn't clear at this time," an unnamed senior GOP aide told The Hill, referring to the number of votes likely necessary to pass the legislation.
"There is no legislative text and therefore no agreement to do a whip count on."
Another unnamed GOP aide told The Hill: "I don't know that the state of play has really changed over the recess," while a White House aide groused lawmakers are "still in the same place we've been" with no timetable or date for a vote.
Trump will mark his 100th day in office April 29.
According to The Hill, changes being discussed would allow states to apply for waivers to a core Obamacare provision that stops insurance companies from raising premiums based on individuals' health, as long as the states also offered high-risk pool coverage.
The proposed changes would also allow states to waive Obamacare's requirements that insurers offer certain benefits, including mental healthcare and prescription drugs.
The changes could win over some conservatives, but there's doubts they'll rally centrists who'd be critical to passing a House bill likely to face unanimous opposition from Democrats, The Hill reported.
"There's no deal," an aide to a moderate House GOP lawmaker told The Hill, adding: "I wouldn't be surprised if they started to lose more moderates” because of the new changes.
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