Club for Growth still opposes ObamaCare bill, despite GOP amendment


"Had the … amendment re-directed funds away from this program towards state-level pools, rather than add on state-level pools, we would have been more open to dropping our key vote against the bill," the Club for Growth said. "But the fact remains that it doesn't do that."

Conservative activists are divided over the bill. Club for Growth and Heritage Action oppose it, because they oppose federally run high-risk pools and do not believe Congress should pour more money into a program that has already burned through its budget faster than expected.

FreedomWorks and Americans for Tax Reform are among the conservative groups supporting the legislation.

The healthcare law created high-risk pools as a temporary option for people who have been denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition. The pools expire in 2014, when it becomes illegal for insurance companies to deny coverage based on a pre-existing condition.

The Obama administration has stopped accepting new enrollees into the high-risk pools to ensure that the program's budget is able to cover the medical bills of people who are already enrolled.

Republicans support government-funded high-risk pools as an alternative to requiring insurers to cover those who are ill. The bill up for a vote Wednesday would move $4 billion into ObamaCare's high-risk pools. The money would come out of the law's prevention fund, which Republicans decry as a "slush fund."

"Separately, we remain strongly opposed to the Prevention Fund, and hope that House leaders will offer up a bill that terminates it and uses the savings to reduce the deficit," Club for Growth said Wednesday.