After President Trump golfed with Rand Paul, and Paul’s optimistic comments afterward, this isn’t entirely a surprise, but it certainly is faster than I expected. Repealing is one thing, what we replace it with is another. As I mentioned on Varney Monday morning, President Trump’s approval rating is dropping, but due in great part, I believe, to the fact that he has yet to have any success with Congress. The American people elected him to get things done, and part of that is making Congress get its act together. Having success this week on repealing ObamaCare and getting Gorsuch confirmed will help a great deal.
It’s also safe to say even the Republicans understood what a screw-up it was to allow the first effort to fail. Especially since they had SEVEN YEARS to figure out how to undo the scourge of ObamaCare.
The White House is expected to release the text of a new deal on Tuesday that would give states the power to opt out of certain Obamacare insurance mandates, in a major attempt to revive Obamacare repeal as early as this week.
Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., chairman of the Freedom Caucus, told reporters after meeting with Vice President Mike Pence and White House officials that he expects the text of the new compromise on Tuesday.
The compromise would allow states to opt out of forcing insurers to cover 10 essential health benefits in plans, including maternity care and hospitalization. The states could also opt out of forcing insurers to comply with a community rating mandate, which today requires them to offer the same rate to an entire geographic area, and bars them from charging sicker people much more.