Congress returns to Washington next week and they will have to choose between passing a bill to avoid a government shutdown or attempting another pass at repealing and replacing Obamacare.
Historically, Congress is not good at working on two major issues at one time, The New York Times laments.
Congress should be focused on passing a spending bill on April 28, but top House Republicans have made it clear that they want to make another attempt at destroying the Democrat led American Health Care Act.
Trump needs a big win for his party with his first 100 days in office approaching on April 29.
The Washington Post adds that it’s “a tight timeline under the most generous of circumstance that would be nearly impossible to meet if House leaders also try to force a vote on the repeal legislation.”
It is possible that Republicans and Democrats could pass a short-term stopgap spending bill, but Republicans are likely to face a tough battle from their counterparts.
Republicans failed to bring the AHCA plan to fruition last month, pulling the measure before it failed on the floor.
Trump says “the plan gets better and better and better, and it’s gotten really, really good, and a lot of people are liking it a lot.”
The 45th POTUS believes the House can pass the spending bill and then go after the AHCA. “We have a good chance of getting it soon,” Trump said of the AHCA. “I’d like to say next week, but it will be — I believe we will get it.”
The new bill’s success rests on an amendment negotiated by relative moderate Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.) and Freedom Caucus chairman Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.). Under their plan states would be allowed to seek waivers to requirements that insurers offer essential health benefits and not charge more to people with pre-existing conditions, if the state maintained a high-risk pool.
The amendment “really doesn’t address the concerns that I had,” Rep. Dan Donovan (R-N.Y.) told The New York Times. Moderate lawmaker Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) agreed it “does nothing to change my views.”
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