White House pushes revised health-care bill, stopgap spending measure

Speaker Paul D. Ryan at a news conference on health care legislation at the Capitol early this month. “We’re in the midst of negotiating sort of finishing touches” on a health bill, he said this week in London. Credit Gabriella Demczuk for The New York Times

White House officials are pushing a new compromise version of the Republican health-care bill in a bid to deliver on President Trump’s promise to repeal and replace ObamaCare before his 100th day in office, which comes next week on Saturday, April 29. Revisions aiming to please the conservative Freedom Caucus, such as eliminating guaranteed coverage for preexisting conditions, could stoke more opposition from moderate Republicans. Also, lawmakers have to reach an agreement quickly after returning from a two week recess on Monday to reach a deal on keeping the government funded past Friday, or face a partial government shutdown. White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said any stopgap spending bill must include some initial funding for Trump’s wall on the Mexican border, something Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) office said could be a deal-breaker.

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