In addition to the prospect of a government shutdown, the White House is pressing Republican lawmakers to pass a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare before Trump reaches 100 days in office next weekend.

After bungling an attempt to overhaul Obamacare last month, it looks like Republicans will give health care reform another go. Democrats saw Mulvaney's comments as evidence that the White House is meddling to undermine what they described as successful, bipartisan talks. There is not yet legislative text for the revised health-care proposal, and no vote is scheduled for next week, so far, three GOP aides told CNBC. "I believe we will get it, and whether it is next week or shortly thereafter".

"It's unbelievable the diverse things you hear from different people", Cole said, noting the responses range from "'it's hopeless" to "Oh, it's going to get there'".

White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said Thursday that he hopes to use negotiations to keep the government open past April 28 in an effort to force Democrats to back some funding for creating a new wall along the U.

"Don't you agree?" Trump asked on Thursday during a news conference.

"It's incredible the diverse things you hear from different people", Cole said, noting the responses range from "'it's hopeless" to "Oh, it's going to get there'".

The colleagues he has spoken with appear "cautiously optimistic", Cole added.

"What we're asking Americans to do is to be able to keep continuous coverage", Davis said.

"Secondly", Brat said, the still-emerging proposal "lets health care return to the states".

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"The political ramifications of trying to pass a bill and failing is just one piece of this", said Joshua Huder, a congressional expert at the Government Affairs Institute at Georgetown University. It consists of a summary and bullet points rather than legislative language.

Others are less convinced the bill can get to 216 votes so soon.

Mr Ryan sent a mixed message about the bill's prospects in remarks on Wednesday to reporters in London. Why the rush? Part of it is because Team Trump wants to act before lawmakers can hear from the Congressional Budget Office and terrified constituents, but the other part is the looming/arbitrary 100-day deadline.

But there are significant obstacles. The president, with no real understanding of how Congress works, said yesterday that the House should have no trouble avoiding a government shutdown and passing health care legislation over the course of four days.

The Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare have completely backfired as the ACA (Obamacare) is now more popular than the entire GOP (Republican Party).

Greg Walden is one of a number of GOP Congressmen who don't want to dismantle protections for people with preexisting conditions, which is a pretty big obstacle to a deal. Greg Walden of OR and Leonard Lance of New Jersey, made it clear to people in their respective town hall meetings that they oppose any effort to remove the current protections for people with pre-existing conditions such as diabetes and cancer.

The Tuesday Group has roughly 50 members. One phrase in particular from the description on MacArthur's own Facebook page is worth considering (italics mine): "States have the option to obtain a waiver from some federal standards, but the state must attest that its objective is to reduce the cost of health care or increase the number of people with health care coverage".

States could request an exemption from the rule meant to ensure that people with pre-existing conditions could not be charged prohibitive premiums, but only if those states establish a high-risk insurance pool. But these pools have traditionally been poorly funded, leaving many people with potentially expensive pre-existing medical conditions without affordable coverage, if they can buy a plan at all. The current deal-making has centered on what triggers would allow states to opt out and how much additional funding would be provided.


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