House kills new ACA alternative: 6 key notes

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After Vice President Mike Pence and other Trump administration officials resurrected a version of the American Health Care Act, U.S. House conservatives objected to the measure on April 5, 2017, the New York Times reports.

Here’s what you should know.

1. The measure would have allowed states to waive the ACA provision requiring payers to cover standard minimum package of benefits.

2. The alternative would also give states the right to waive the ACA provision requiring payers charge the same age group identical prices if they reside in the same geographical area.

3. NYT reports the measure would have gutted the ACA’s provision requiring payers to offer insurance to people with pre-existing medical conditions.

4. The House Freedom Caucus wanted to create high-risk pools, where sicker people would receive subsidized coverage.

5. The proposal did not make it into a bill, and conservatives never gave either idea “a full unadulterated blessing,” NYT reports.

6. Preceding a two-week spring recess, more conservative Republicans wanted to tell their voter base they were still working to repeal the ACA. But analysts and House conservatives said they were unlikely to focus on healthcare when drafting a budget resolution in advance of the new fiscal year.

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