In Aggressive Push, Trump Seeks Friday Passage Of Revised Healthcare Bill

Tyler Durden's picture

Will second time be the charm for Trump?

Just over a week after the Republicans' embarrassing failure to repeal Obamacare as a result of infighting with both conservative and moderate factions, on Monday White House officials led by the vice president met the same opposing Republicans in the House of Representatives, in an aggressive effort to revive the passage of the Republican Obamacare deal, potentially voting as soon as the end of the this week.

As Reported by Reuters and other newswires, members of the Trump administration led by Vice President Mike Pence, invited a group of moderate Republicans known as the "Tuesday Group" to the White House. Pence then went to Capitol Hill to meet the Freedom Caucus, who have recently clashed with Trump over their insistence to block the bill in its current format. The revised deal as presented by Pence had two key components:

  • Granting a waver to States from some, if not all, Obamacare insurance rules including the minimum benefits, the amount of medical expenses that insurers have to cover, and the rule preventing insurers from charging higher rates to sick people, per Axios.
  • A $115 billion "stability fund" for the states would be narrowed to be spent specifically on high-risk pools, which many Republicans think is a better way to cover people with pre-existing conditions.

The Freedom caucus had a favorable first reaction: Pence and White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus laid out the administration's revised healthcare plan during a 40-minute meeting with Freedom Caucus members, said Congressman Mark Meadows, the leader of the conservative group. Meadows said he was "intrigued" by the new plan, which would allow states to opt out of some of Obamacare's mandates, possibly by obtaining waivers.

"We're encouraged ... but would certainly need a whole lot more information before we can take any action either in support or in opposition," Meadows told reporters. He expected to see a detailed draft of the proposal within 24 hours, he said.

Meanwhile, the moderates also were pleasantly surprised: in an earlier meeting with the moderate Tuesday Group, Pence said the new plan would preserve Obamacare's essential health benefits clause, or services and care that insurers must cover, but states could apply for a waiver if they could show it would improve coverage and reduce costs, according to Collins. Trump aides also discussed directing funds from the $115 billion stability fund for states into high-risk pools for people with pre-existing health conditions to better ensure insurance premiums come down in cost.

What is most notable about the recent attempt to reach out is the timing: the White House would like to see a revised bill come up for a vote as early as week's end, before the House breaks for a spring recess, and the text of the new proposal could be ready some time on Tuesday, lawmakers said.

"It was clear the president would be very happy come Friday to have this passed," said U.S. Representative Chris Collins, a member of the Tuesday Group and a Trump ally and added that "It's an acknowledgement that they were chasing votes with the Freedom Caucus and the Far Right and then ended up losing votes with those of us who are typically the most reliable votes."

The clincher may have been Trump's weekend golf game with Rand Paul: after golfing with the president on Sunday, Reuters reports that the Republican Senator, a sharp critic of the Republicans' previous healthcare bill, also expressed renewed hope the healthcare bill could be revised in a way that picked up support from the conservative and moderate factions of the Republican Party.

Paul told reporters he was "very optimistic that we are getting closer and closer to an agreement repealing Obamacare."

"This could move fairly quickly," Collins said.

If so, it would provide a much needed victory for Trump whose series of political missteps in recent weeks have seen his approval rating tumble even with Republicans, dropping to the lowest on record for a new president according to various polls.

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BandGap's picture

Whenever I rea ths sort of thing, I think there is something going on that we are not aware of.

What possible reason could there be to push this at this point?


VinceFostersGhost's picture



Will second time be the charm for Trump?



Mr Blue's picture

I'm making over $7k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life. This is what I do...

Robert Trip's picture

I've got my webcam and my fishnets.

When can I start?

NoDebt's picture

What the fuck are they doing this for?  Fucking fool's errand.

Can I have my tax cuts now, please?


Embrey's picture

Since you bring that up, what the hell is the deal with the media hype and photo op bullshit with the son-in-law Jared in Iraq? I am not invested in Jared. I don't give a shit what he thinks and I could care less if he has political ambitions.

Some of these people around Trump have no shame. If Jared wants to be considered a player he needs to get behind a tough issue Trump is attempting to pass, support it and see it through to victory.

Put a media embargo on that guy until he earns a seat at the grown ups table.

FrozenGoodz's picture

Yes!! The uneducated push of Healthcare worked the last time ... or maybe not ... but who cares ... instead of finding an easy/agreeable problem to fix to boast our egos - we should continue with the nearly impossible one to see just how much egg on face we can handle


Tired of all this winning ... amirite

philipat's picture

If there is any interest in substance, pushing this through is not the answer. In many ways Ryancare is worse than Obamacare and it will also fail, for which Trump will have to take responsibility. If Government remains in Healthcare, mark my words, it will end in a single payer system. Far better just to repeal Obamacare (or better still just let it implode) and allow the sale of Health Insurance across State lines then wait to see what happens. Of course, Big Healthcare, Big Insurance and Big Pharma are all opposed and they call the shots, hence Ryancare, which replaces the penalty with a direct subsidy to the Insurers. I maintain that this is illegal because SCOTUS ruled the ACA penalties were legal because they are a tax. And if they ARE a tax, taxes cannot be collected by private Corporations.

caconhma's picture

Just remember that this orange-faced shit is in pockets of the Zionist Banking Mafia (aka FED, GS, etc.,) and Big Insurance companies. He does not give a shit either about America and/or American people. He is a liar, a buffoon, and a clown.

Trump's real agenda is to enrich himself, his family, and write off debts he owns to Zionist Banking Mafia

SantaClaws's picture

"If Jared wants to be considered a player...."

From what I've read, Jared was instrumental in, among other things, the success of Trump's election campaign.  What were the odds of that campaign succeeding?  And since when was the Middle East not a "tough issue?"  I give Jared credit merely for being willing to fly in a helicopter over Iraq.  I doubt he wanted the media photo coverage.

Embrey's picture

You read a Jared Press Release for news?
Jared had 0 to do with Trump's victory. Trump is promoting his grandchildren by complimenting his son-in-law.

TheLastTrump's picture

waaaaahhhh my pussy hurts


The president gave Mr. Kushner a job to do. Fuck off.

Carl Spackler's picture

It's purely get the media to look over there, so the real work can be done over here.

PoliticalRefugeefromCalif.'s picture

Probably to get Jared out of country so Ivanka can have some free time with the PM of Canada. 

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

I didn't know you were a billionaire

TheLastTrump's picture

I didn't know there was a tax bill yet for you to disparage.

TheLastTrump's picture

even a stopped troll can be right twice a day

X- x3's picture

Mr Blue , who blew his mamma & pappa for pennies, U R a SPAM-whore.

Bend over so I can kick U in your #1+#2+#3-combi holes.


Lumberjack's picture

Isn't this thing supposed to be terminal in a few weeks anyway?

GUS100CORRINA's picture



Political momentum may also have shifted in Conservatives favor with the Susan Rice revelation.


wildbad's picture

you are right...this does not fit with the man i chose to be my president. the logic is certainly not obvious.

i say, "let it fail, and fail bigly"

only then can the truth of obamacare be seen for the corporate giveaway that it is.

skunks are best held at arms length, if at all, and trump need not taint himself politically with this stinker.

but that's politics.

the real test will be with the solution, which is definitely nothing I am interested in given the false choices that are tabled by the insurance giants

dasein211's picture

So the problem here is that voters have short term memory. I know it's early in his term but it's far enough in that if Obamacare were to blow up he would now get the blame-especially since he said he wanted it to blow up.They should have gotten this stuff done very quickly but they waffled. Now Trump will own the problems. Remember the Repubs now have the Congress, the Court and the Presidency. Any collapse will be squarely on their shoulders and they know it. You want to talk about a crippled government. The party that can't think past the next vote is now in power. No one wants to do what is necessary. Blaming the Dems is going to go nowhere soon.

philipat's picture

It blows up in May IF .Gov drops the Obama Admin appeal against the stopping of ILLEGAL GSE dividends being channeled to Health Insurers instead of shareholders. If not, it may last a little longer, but it IS going down, mainly because of adverse selection in the risk pool. This was predictable from the outset.

TheLastTrump's picture

yes yes yes


thanks for keeping things straight in your head for the rest of us


you too GUS

Dode415's picture

He needs a win bigly to halt the haemorrhaging of his support 

Playtime's Over's picture

His support is fine.  You watch too much CNN.

dasein211's picture

No it's not. A lot of the people I know are not happy with his governance- which is actually the Repubs fault. Just like I saw these same people switch to Trump and knew that he would win the Presidency I see the same people pissed with the disarray. To me they watch too much TV. But they bite.

TheLastTrump's picture

It's early yet.  Anyone watching mainstream media regularly will be anti Trump, you can take that to the bank.

HardAssets's picture

His support will decline if he passes another bill that only steals from the public . . . again.

Sick Underbelly's picture

-1, and here's why:

Trumpy-baby should've never said things like "We will repeal and replace" Obamacare.  His words should always have been, "I will urge Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare, it's up to you US Citizens to pressure your Congress people to get on board.  I can't do it alone."   No no...the salesman sold the fantasy, the idea, the hopium, the "End-Obamacare-Porn" imaginings...and lots of people bought it.

Blame your Congressperson, first, or, do you just not understand a single person has NO CONTROL over 535 people in Congress who make the laws?

Even if you're talking 2/3rds majority, it's still too many people for one person to "control" enough to vote whatever way he wants.  

If you take it just a tad bit further, you'd see this is a good thing...prevents concentrating of power in one branch; a "check", if you will.

Should you think it prudent, please take your head outta the mesmerizing waves of the CNN bullshit, contact the Congressional hotline, ask for your House Rep.'s office, and tell them the only solution is repeal, or vote no against any "replacement" so the damn flopping-fish-out-of-water that is Obamacare can die.   That, and write a letter.

My thoughts are:  none of this will make a damn bit of difference, and Congress people only give a flying fuck about the "opinions" of their constituents when election time rolls around.

TheLastTrump's picture

I love the smell of burning trolls in the morning.


Gives me a fucking woody. BRB.

Playtime's Over's picture

He's not pushing, just giving the FC a chance to come back to congress after mid terms.  It will work this time, the dumbshit never trumps don't want Trump to make a deal with the Dems all because they screwed the pooch.  

MFL5591's picture

THis is Chuck the Smuck and Nancy the idiots problem, either pass it or let it stay their problem!

TheLastTrump's picture

It is impossible to truly work up a budget without knowing what the healthcare costs will be.


Without a budget you can't cut taxes. No cut, the markets are scared.

Peak Finance's picture


What possible reason could there be to push this at this point?

Obamacare will without a doubt collapse this May, and the left media and other websites are already spinning right now that it's Trumps fault, so, I think he is trying to get in front of this thing. 

dizzyfingers's picture

"What possible reason could there be to push this at this point?"

Elites are anxious for their $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.

pc_babe's picture

We have to pass it before we know whats in it.


Oh joy

new game's picture

blow hard trump back with epic failure...


VinceFostersGhost's picture



Still better than the pantsuit.

lil dirtball's picture

He's only been there for 10 weeks ... give him time. You'll soon get misty-eyed looking at old pics of Hillary on the trail and absolutely grieving Dick Cheney.

philipat's picture

@VFG Yes but in the interests of full disclosure, you are not an impartial obsever either now or when commiting "suicide" with 2 shots to the head?!

Bill of Rights's picture

Yes cause the former asshole was full of win...Dumb fuck.

wcole225's picture

You might wanna seek counceling at this point. This is gonna be a long hard 8 years.........if you survive. MAGA!

Playtime's Over's picture

Projecting fantasies? We'll see by the end of the week Skippy.

thunderchief's picture

This has nothing to do with good health care  for Americans,  and everything to do with gaining power and not becoming irelevant. 

new game's picture

yup, politicians have our backs...


lil dirtball's picture

Like a used car salesman trying to meet quota at the end of the month hammering on ya just 'cause you kicked the tires. Same lemon, same terms - just more aggressive and disgusting.

VinceFostersGhost's picture



Only driven by a grandmother every other Sunday.


This thing is cherry!