Conservative groups aim to unveil ObamaCare replacement plan this month

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Conservative groups are working on a new ObamaCare replacement plan even though their effort has virtually no chance of moving in Congress this year.

Why? It’s part of a push to keep the repeal dream alive despite the obstacles, including from GOP leadership. “This is outside-in and bottom-up,” said Marie Fishpaw of the Heritage Foundation.

Who is on board? It’s being led by the Heritage Foundation, the Galen Institute and former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.).

The White House too. “The White House fully supports the efforts of a broad coalition working to address the Obamacare disaster and increase affordable healthcare options for middle-class Americans,” deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said in a statement.

White House officials have been attending some of the meetings, Fishpaw confirmed.

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) has moved on. Cassidy helped draft the namesake Graham-Cassidy replacement bill that failed to advance.

“Graham-Cassidy is dead, but skyrocketing health care costs still need to be addressed,” a Cassidy spokesman said. “Our focus is on new solutions and new ideas that lower costs for families and reflect the latest developments in the health care marketplace.”

The details: Like Graham-Cassidy, there are block grants to states in the conservative proposal, but unlike Graham-Cassidy there is no cap on Medicaid payments. Pre-existing condition protections still up in the air.

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