White House pushes un­cer­tain bid to re­vive health care bill

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - OPINION -

Eager for a vic­tory, the White House ex­pressed con­fi­dence Thurs­day that a break­through on the mired Repub­li­can health care bill could emerge in the House next week. The cham­ber’s GOP lead­ers, burned by a March de­ba­cle on the mea­sure, were du­bi­ous and signs were scant that an emerg­ing plan was gain­ing enough votes to suc­ceed.

A se­nior ad­viser to Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump said the White House was hope­ful the House could hold a vote in the mid­dle of next week, af­ter Congress re­turns from spring re­cess. The White House op­ti­mism is driven largely by a deal bro­kered by lead­ers of the con­ser­va­tive Free­dom Cau­cus and the mod­er­ate Tues­day Group aimed at giv­ing states more flex­i­bil­ity to pull out of “Oba­macare” pro­vi­sions.

The White House of­fi­cial ac­knowl­edged that it was un­clear ex­actly how many votes Repub­li­cans had. But the of­fi­cial said House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has told the White House that a vote could come to­gether quickly.

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