Dave Brat cites ‘significant’ changes in new Obamacare repeal bill

The healthcare proposal floating around Congress includes a few amendments that could bring some members of the House Freedom Caucus closer to a “yes” vote, a member of that group said Friday.

Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., said on CNN the changes made to the bill would lower the price of healthcare and allow the states to shrug off some federal regulations.

“Lowering their premiums, expanding care and then getting the states some latitude, that language is not that hard to come up with,” he said. “It just allows states to opt out of some of the regs to bring down price. Those are just two of the little pieces on the regulatory framework and then I think we can all get to yes, and I think that’s what the goal is.”

“It’s the same fundamental bill but it has a few significant amendments that do a few things,” he added.

Brat said there are negotiations taking place and he’s still unhappy with some of the aspects of the plan, but he’s seeing some silver lining.

“This is still a federal government structure, not totally happy with that outcome, but it cracks the door for the states to opt out of some of the insurance regulations,” he added.

President Trump wants to get healthcare done and moved through at least the House before the end of the first 100 days of his presidency on April 29. Rumors are swirling that a vote could come in the House sometime next week, but there were other indications that it might take House Republicans more time than that to have a vote.

The American Health Care Act collapsed earlier this month after concessions by Trump and House Republican leadership to conservatives like Brat drove centrist Republicans away from the bill.

Brat said he’s still aiming to get something through Congress that sends healthcare back to the states, but it’s not clear what he and other lawmakers will be asked to vote on just yet.

“We’re still waiting on the official text,” he said.

This post originally appeared on Washington Examiner


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