ep. McMorris Rodgers: We’re very close to health care vote
“President Trump said Sunday that Americans with pre-existing medical conditions will be covered under Republicans’ new ObamaCare overhaul, as House GOP leaders try to pass the measure as early as this week.
“Health care plan is on its way,” Trump tweeted. “Will have much lower premiums & deductibles while at the same time taking care of pre-existing conditions!”
Trump’s tweet came several hours after he told CBS’ “Face the Nation” that the measure has a clause that “guarantees” people with pre-existing conditions will be covered and that it will lower the cost of ObamaCare insurance premiums.
However, House Republicans’ latest overhaul plan appears to allow states not to include the pre-existing requirement in standard ObamaCare insurance policies, under certain circumstances.
The White House appeared eager last week to get the House to approve the measure, allowing Trump to tally a major legislative achievement during his first 100 days in office, which concluded Saturday.
But House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and his leadership team were more intent upon passing a spending bill to avert a partial government shutdown by midnight Friday.
Whether Ryan can pass a bill this week remains uncertain, considering the spending bill passed last week kept the government fully operational for just one additional week. And support for the plan from rank-and-file House Republicans appears tepid.”