A compromise GOP healthcare bill would let states get waivers from two Obamacare insurance regulations – its "essential health benefits" and the rule older people cannot be charged at higher rates than younger ones – Axios reported Monday.
The latest plan was laid out Monday by Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-N.J., a moderate, and Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., the chairman of the conservative Freedom Caucus, an unnamed source told the outlet.
According to Axios, under the new plan, states also would be able to get a waiver from the rule people cannot be charged more for preexisting conditions — but only if the state has another way to take care of sick people, such as a high-risk pool or a "reinsurance" program to help compensate their insurer.
Axios reported, in those states, if someone with a preexisting condition has kept themselves insured, they would not be charged more because of their health condition. If they have not stayed insured, they could be charged more. People who did not stay insured could also be charged a 30 percent penalty in their premiums, but that penalty could be waived, Axios reported.
The outlet reported GOP lawmakers later this week will take a count to see if the compromise gets them any closer to the 216 votes they would need to repeal and replace Obamacare.
Word of the compromise was first reported Saturday.
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