Trump pressing House GOP for tweaks in healthcare bill: report

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The Trump administration is pressuring top House Republicans to make last-minute amendments to their latest ObamaCare replacement bill before leaving for a two-week recess, according to a Thursday Bloomberg report.

The House Rules Committee is reportedly organizing a meeting late Thursday to weigh a new change to the bill that would create a fund for “high risk” patients. 

{mosads}This amendment is intended to show that momentum for the new GOP healthcare bill is building, a House leadership aide told Bloomberg.

The news outlet reports that the move to quickly push a new amendment, leaving senators with a limited time to decide whether they support the change, is unusual. 

While the bill may not go to the House for votes immediately, Bloomberg reports, the developments show the White House is still pushing for a repeal of ObamaCare in the wake of last month’s failure to get the GOP’s repeal-and-replace plan to a vote.

Republican Reps. David Schweikert (Ariz.) and Gary Palmer (Ala.) reportedly sponsored the new legislation. Schweikert and Palmer are both members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, the group President Trump blamed for the failure of American Health Care Act. 

Further details were not immediately available, Bloomberg reports.

Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) told Bloomberg that the measure being considered Thursday is “a positive step in making sure everyone has access to affordable coverage.” 

“It’s passage, along with additional relief from ObamaCare insurance mandates, would finally bring down insurance rates. It is a step in the right direction, but certainly not the final step,” Meadows added.

Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas) did not immediately respond to Bloomberg for comment.

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