WASHINGTON D.C. — According to a report from POLITICO, the White House is planning to take another swing at repealing the Affordable Care Act next week, with text of the proposal expected to circulate by the weekend.
POLITICO, citing multiple unnamed staffers, says that they White House is close to the 216 votes they would need in the House of Representatives, but people don’t want to commit to it without seeing the exact text.
Congressional leaders are expressing doubt that a vote could happen next week, which marks the 100 days mark of President Trump’s administration.
This is the second time that President Trump has taken a swing at this issue, as shortly after he was inaugurated he pushed a proposal through, but it never came to a vote, as numerous Republicans vowed to vote against the bill, forcing Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and President Trump to pull the bill right before it was to come up for a vote.
One rumored inclusion in the new bill is a provision to give states more flexibility to opt out of major provisions of the ACA, while maintaining popular provisions like the ban on discrimination against people with pre-existing medical conditions.