By Cameron Joseph | New York Daily News | 1324 20 April 2017
WASHINGTON — Leaders of the moderate and conservative factions of House Republicans have proposed a new tweak to Obamacare repeal that could help revive negotiations on the bill.
Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), the chairman of the hard-right Freedom Caucus, and Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.) of the centrist Tuesday Group have agreed to a proposal demanded by conservatives that would let states get waivers to allow insurers charge people with preexisting conditions higher premiums, in exchange for a requirement that those states set up “high risk pools” to help cover those with high healthcare costs.
For moderates, the bill would eliminate its planned repeal of Obamacare mandates that insurance plans cover “essential health benefits” like hospitalization, maternity care and emergency room visits. States could still apply for waivers to ignore those rules, however.