Leaders of conservative groups that oppose the House Republicans’ health-care bill met with President Trump at the White House on Wednesday night, part of a high-profile effort to quiet anger from the right. In the process, the conservatives heard the president and his team express some openness to tweaks to the bill that go further than House or Senate leaders might accept.
Trump and his team did not outright reject changes on at least three components of the GOP’s American Health Care Act, said some of the meeting’s attendees, speaking on the condition of anonymity. One idea was accelerating the timetable for key changes to Medicaid under the House GOP plan from 2020 to 2018.
Thirty-one states plus the District of Columbia accepted Medicaid expansion under the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act. The House GOP plan would restrict Medicaid payments starting in 2020.
Another change that some of the conservative leaders want to see take effect more swiftly — in 2018 instead of 2020 — is a proposal in the House GOP plan to allow insurance companies more freedom in the types of coverage they can offer Americans. One of the meeting’s attendees said Trump and his team seemed open to this idea.
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