Republicans float health care compromise ahead of Trump’s 100-day mark

Posted on: April 20th, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

House Republicans, who have spent the last two weeks quietly negotiating a GOP health care proposal, floated Wednesday a carefully-crafted amendment to the bill that failed several weeks ago that some now say could be the key to getting the measure passed.

The proposed amendment comes from moderate Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-N.J., who has led talks on tweaking the health care bill with House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows. It would make essential health benefits – requiring plans to cover things like prescription drugs, maternity care and mental health services – the federal standard, but offer limited waivers to states that want to do things differently and can prove that doing so would lower the cost of health care or increase coverage.

States could also apply for limited waivers from the community rating provision of Obamacare — which requires insurers to cover people with pre-existing conditions — as long as those states create and fund a high-risk coverage pool for…

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