The so-called “MacArthur Amendment” to the American Health Care Act is meant to breathe life into the GOP’s effort to overhaul former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, after the party’s first effort crashed and burned last month due to opposition from both conservative and moderate members of the party.
But the newest iteration of the AHCA would allow states to seek a waiver to this provision if they show that the change would reduce average premium costs in the state. While there were indications that the revisions appeal to conservatives, there was little evidence that it was winning backing from moderates, leaving the measure’s fate uncertain.
“We’re evaluating this amendment and we’re looking to debate this as a caucus before we make a final decision”, Meadows said. “While the revised version still does not fully repeal Obamacare, we are prepared to support it to keep our promise to the American people to lower healthcare costs”.
The AARP says the revised bill is “even worse”, warning lawmakers it intends to “let all 38 million of our members know exactly” how their representative votes on the legislation, if it makes it to the House floor.
The caucus said the recently added, so-called MacArthur amendment to the American Health Care Act satisfies the group’s demands to support the bill. “It’s not a flawless bill; it doesn’t fully repeal it”.
But Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa., another and longer-tenured leader of that 50-member centrist organization, told reporters that those in his group who were against the bill “remain opposed”.
Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said the proposal “helps us get to consensus”, but stopped short of saying it would win them enough votes to finally prevail. “These are people with pre-existing conditions”. She said her party was still pushing to resolve “outstanding areas of concern” in the one-week bill, but she insisted Democrats “don’t even have the power” to shut down the government.
“This is significant help from the federal government”, he said. One sign read “Don’t Take Our Health Care”, and another “MacArthur’s Bill Kills”.
What is not clear is whether Trump can ever overcome the two very different visions within the GOP of what the government’s role in health care should be.
Left-leaning think tank New Jersey Policy Perspective also criticized the amendment Wednesday, saying it would likely cause hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans to lose insurance coverage. This new bill would allow states to opt out of various benefits the Affordable Care Act considered “essential” and give insurers the option to charge higher premiums for people with preexisting conditions. “They want to keep it”.
Seeing that Democrats will nearly certainly unite against the plan, any health care deal would have to play the tricky game of winning over both conservatives and moderates in the Republican Party to surpass the 50 percent threshold of 216 votes in the House of Representatives.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee planned to highlight the language in digital ads targeting MacArthur and other Republican lawmakers.
Bishop Dewane, in an April 27 statement, said the proposed changes created to give states flexibility “lack apparent safeguards to ensure quality of care” and could “severely impact many people with pre-existing conditions while risking for others the loss of access to various essential coverages”. Moreover, these moderate Republicans include the members most vulnerable in 2018, either because they won in districts Hillary Clinton carried or are in districts that President Trump carried by a slim margin.
Conservative members were looking for a quick and complete repeal, similar to a 2015 legislation that passed both houses before being vetoed by President Barack Obama.