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Conservative caucus backs GOP health bill, but fate uncertain

The conservative House Freedom Caucus announced its support Wednesday for a newly revised GOP health care bill, a month after the group’s opposition forced Republican leaders to pull the legislation in an embarrassing retreat.

GOP health bill in shambles, House commences two-week break

The Republican health care bill remained in shambles Thursday as House leaders threw up their hands and sent lawmakers home for a two-week recess. GOP chiefs announced a modest amendment to curb premium increases, but internal divisions still blocked their promised repeal of former President Barack Obama’s law.

The inside story of how Trump tried – and failed – to make a deal on health care

Shortly after House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., unveiled the Republican health care plan on March 6, President Donald Trump sat in the Oval Office and queried his advisers: “Is this really a good bill?” And over the next 18 days, until the bill collapsed in the House on Friday afternoon in a humiliating defeat – the sharpest rebuke yet of Trump’s young presidency and his negotiating skills – the question continued to nag at the president.

White House, in gamble, demands make-or-break health vote

Abandoning negotiations, President Donald Trump on Thursday demanded a make-or-break vote on health care legislation in the House, threatening to leave “Obamacare” in place and move on to other issues if Friday’s vote fails.

Biden rallies Democrats against GOP health bill: ‘This is not gonna pass’

Joe Biden was running a little late. The former vice president, a private citizen for the first time since the 1960s, was the special guest at a Democratic rally celebrating the seventh anniversary of the Affordable Care Act’s passage. A little after 10 a.m. Wednesday, dozens of congressional Democrats walked down the steps of the House, waving miniature flags, and began the event as media and spectators (kept several yards back by police) craned their necks for a glimpse of Biden.

McMorris Rodgers: CBO report ‘not whole story’

The Congressional Budget Office report that suggests 14 million people could lose health insurance under the House GOP plan “doesn’t tell the whole story,” Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said Monday.

Industry players sharply criticize GOP health plan

Major associations representing physicians, hospitals, insurers and seniors all leveled sharp attacks against the House GOP’s plan to rewrite the Affordable Care Act Wednesday, as some Republicans publicly questioned whether the measure can clear the House of Representatives.