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GOP Making Little Progress in Reviving Obamacare Repeal

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By    |   Thursday, 30 Mar 2017 08:29 AM

House Republicans, still intent on replacing Obamacare, are making little progress on revamping their failed healthcare bill, The Hill is reporting.

Moderate and conservative GOP lawmakers still appear at odds over reviving the House bill, the website noted. And some moderates are now looking to work with Democrats on healthcare rather than trying to find conservative votes.

"I don't know what has changed," said Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass, according to The New York Times. "The bill went down because it was too bad for Republican moderates and not bad enough for their conservatives. I don't know how they reconcile the divides within their own conference, never mind find any Democratic votes."

Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., a centrist who opposed last week's bill, said he is not against revisiting repeal of Obamacare, but not "if it's just kind of the same thing warmed up."

"Just, hey, we've all had a come-to-Jesus thing, and we're going to try it again?" he said. "There needs to be some substantive change."

Meanwhile, The Hill noted, conservatives are showing little interest in working with Republican moderates on the bill.

Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., a member of the House Freedom Caucus, said he is happy to revisit healthcare — but only if the same changes demanded by conservatives last week are added to the bill, The Hill reported.

"We all want to get to yes," he said. "Once we get a package that reduces prices and premiums, that's it. There's no mystery to what we've got to get done. The current bill has prices going up, and we've got to get prices to go down, and it's that simple."

The White House also does not appear overly interested in returning to the healthcare fight, The Hill noted.

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., chairman of the Freedom Caucus, said he has spoken to White House officials. And he noted "it's more a House-driven initiative than a White House-driven initiative."

Meanwhile, the Times said House Speaker Paul Ryan remains optimistic.

"We're not going to retrench into our corners or put up dividing lines," Ryan said. "There's too much at stake to get bogged down in all that."

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