The deal for a new “Repeal and Replace” House bill has been brokered by the centrist Tuesday Group, co-chaired by Republican NJ Tom MacArthur (CD 3), and hard-right Freedom Caucus head Mark Meadows.They hope the amendment will be voted on and passed next week. It would be sweet icing on the cake for Trump’s first 100 days in office. For us it would be bitter icing.
The amendment may appear appealing to moderates because it reinstates six essential health benefits as the federal standard, which moderates could like. The catch, however, is that it creates an option for states to obtain Limited Waivers from certain federal standards, a provision the Freedom Caucus likes. You can read the essential benefits and waivers in this one-page draft which Politico obtained: here.
The White House wants this showdown now, but Politico indicates, “Republican congressional leaders are skeptical the vote can happen so quickly.”
it is also unclear whether the bill would even pass. The Freedom Caucus seems to be on board. However, The Washington Post says, “House Republican leaders are playing down the likelihood that changes to the GOP health-care measure would win over enough conservative and moderate holdouts.”
Interestingly enough it is just possible that NJ Republican representatives could join with their colleague MacArthur to seal the deal. MacArthur (an occasional moderate) had said he would vote Yes for last month’s “Repeal & Replace” bill which soon crashed and burned. However, NJ was the state with largest number of Republican Representatives (four) who said they would not support it. We want to be sure that Republicans Rodney Frelinghuysen (CD 11), Leonard Lance (CD 7), Chris Smith (CD 4), and Frank LoBiondo (CD 2) don’t change their mind.
Speaker Paul Ryan said yesterday Republicans are putting the “finishing touches” on an effort to revive their ObamaCare replacement bill. Trump is salivating.
Stay tuned as our ever hopeful erratic President and conservative Speaker try to pull a rabbit out of the hat.