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Monday, 20 March 2017 23:40

House Republicans unveil changes to their health care bill

Written by  Mike DeBonis

House Republican leaders, racing toward a planned Thursday vote on their proposed health-care overhaul, unveiled changes to the legislation late Monday that they believe will win over enough members to secure its passage.

The changes addressed numerous GOP concerns about the legislation, ranging from the flexibility it would give states to administer their Medicaid programs to the amount of aid it would offer older Americans to buy insurance. They are the product of two weeks of negotiations that stretched from the Capitol to the White House to President Trump's Florida resort.

The bill's proponents also appeared to overcome a major obstacle Monday after a key group of hard-line conservatives declined to take a formal position against the bill, known as the American Health Care Act.

The House Freedom Caucus has threatened for weeks to tank the legislation drafted by House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), arguing that it does not do enough to undo the seven-year-old Affordable Care Act. If the group of roughly three dozen hard-right GOP members uniformly opposed the bill, it could block its passage. Their neutrality gives the legislation a better chance of passage when the bill is expected to hit the House floor later this week.

Read more at WashingtonPost

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