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There was a clear upsurge in conservative support for the bill, with even Sen. It has caused a lot of heartburn among moderates, with many arguing that they had explicitly asked their leadership not to negotiate with the Freedom Caucus.

What it looks like is House Republican leadership and the White House have traded one problem for another equally large problem.

Hoyer on Thursday morning advised his Democratic caucus to vote against a one-week stop-gap funding measure if Republicans bring their health care bill to the floor this week.

As House Republicans grow nearer to reaching a consensus on changes to the Obamacare repeal bill, moderates in the Tuesday Group have become the members to sway to get the votes needed to pass the legislation. Ted Cruz, also indicated that the conservative Texas firebrand isn't sold, saying "significant work remains" in the Senate, "specifically to address Obamacare's insurance mandates and enact major patient-centered reforms that will further reduce the cost of health care."...

Many moderates opposed the initial Republican bill before the latest proposed changes, and there were no signs that the revisions converted any of them into supporters. He called the new version an effort at "blame-shifting" for the failure of the repeal effort.

In its statement, the House Freedom Caucus said it welcomed an amendment that would let states seek waivers from Obamacare requirements that insurers cover pre-existing conditions.

"We are going to go when we have the votes", Ryan said.

House Republicans held a closed-door meeting Wednesday where Representative Tom MacArthur of New Jersey discussed his amendment.

"We don't think there's any structural reason that the House and the Senate can not do both things in a week", Mulvaney said.

"It's pretty much unchanged", Smith said. He said that if the House measure survives, revised or not, it would be substantially rewritten in the Senate, where it faces broad opposition.

"Older Americans need affordable health care services and prescriptions".

Ryan told reporters that leaders were making progress but added, "We're going to go when we have the votes".

"The Freedom Caucus has done a good job of trying to make the bill less bad", Sen. "So I would anticipate that we'll do what we used to do all the time which is, the House will pass a bill, we'll pass a bill and then we'll reconcile those in a conference committee".

While some have been swayed by the changes, a number of lawmakers - both conservative and moderate - remain unsold on the bill.

They can't lose any more than 22 Republican votes.

Republicans say they are not eroding those provisions, but health care experts and lobbyists beg to differ.

The amendment would allow insurers to charge higher premiums to people with pre-existing conditions in states that get a waiver.

States also could obtain waivers to permit insurers to charge customers more if they are older or suffer from preexisting conditions.

Even Mo Brooks of Alabama, a conservative who opposed the previous version, said he's considering the amendment.

"I think that kind of said it all, don't you think?" he said. "I mean we know that in the marketplace, premiums are going to go up by about $3,000 and up to $7,000 for seniors who are low income".

The development has also exacerbated already raw tensions between the conservative and moderates wings of the House. But an influential GOP House moderate is opposing the proposal, leaving party leaders to assess whether the idea could help one of President Donald Trump's premier but most problematic priorities spring back to life.


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