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- 03/29/2017

Obamacare repeal is back on Republicans Angenda

Pharma Horizon

After the last week hold, House Republican leaders and the White House have restarted negotiations on legislation to repeal the Obamacare, however the move  did not meet with much enthusiasm from Senate Republicans, who said they had other priorities at the moment.

Despite last’s week crushing setback when House Republicans tossed aside a repeal bill because they lacked the votes to pass it and democrats celebrations, the House Republican whip, Steve Scalise of Louisiana,  said: “I think we’re closer today to repealing Obamacare than we’ve ever been before, and surely even closer than we were Friday”

It is not clear what political dynamics might have changed since Friday, when a coalition of hard-line conservatives and more moderate Republicans torpedoed legislation to repeal President Barack Obama’s signature domestic achievement.

The new talks, which quietly began this week, involve Stephen K. Bannon, the president’s chief strategist, and members of two Republican factions that helped sink the bill last week.

Any deal would have to overcome significant differences about how to rework a law that affects about one-fifth of the American economy. Those differences were so sharp that they led Mr. Trump and Mr. Ryan to pull the bill just before the House was to vote on it.

At a White House reception for senators on Tuesday night, Mr. Trump called for Republicans and Democrats to work together as he predicted that “we are all going to make a deal on health care.”


Source: The New York Times