House vote on Obamacare replacement delayed, as GOP struggles to marshal votes

House vote on Obamacare replacement delayed, as GOP struggles to marshal votes
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[Ed. – Now is not the time to lose hope.  That said, the prospect of truly reversing the Obamacare disaster is a muddy one at the moment.]

House leaders delayed a scheduled vote on their embattled health-care bill as conservatives mulled a deal proposed by the Trump administration aimed at winning Republican holdouts’ support. …

In another development that could unease conservatives, the Congressional Budget Office issued a new estimate Thursday cutting its estimate of how much the bill would reduce the federal budget deficit, reflecting changes GOP leaders made to the measure earlier in the week. The updated measure would reduce the deficit by $150 billion over the next decade, $186 billion less than the initial forecast of $336 billion. …

“We are going to get to the finish line,” Representative Mark Meadows, chairman of the conservative Freedom Caucus, said Thursday afternoon. The text of the deal “is not in enough of a form to make a good, informed decision.”

The Trump administration made what it called a final offer to the group that includes repealing the so-called essential benefits requirements in Obamacare for the individual market only, not for employer-based plans, according to the White House official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

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