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21 April 2017

Trump said on Thursday that he was optimistic that Congress will be able to hold a vote on healthcare next week, as well as prevent a government shutdown.

In addition to the prospect of a government shutdown, the White House is pressing Republican lawmakers to pass a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare before Trump reaches 100 days in office next weekend.

The Freedom Caucus is made up of several dozen Republican members of Congress who exert their influence as a voting bloc with an aim to push legislations in a more conservative direction.

Reportedly, however, President Trump would like something to happen during his first 100 days in office, which end on April 29.

None - and I mean NONE - of those things would lead me or any veteran Congress-watcher to conclude that Trump's optimism about the "really, really good" plan that that "people are liking" a lot is based in anything close to political reality.

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The Republicans have a new plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, according to reports.

Already, voters from around the country have hammered Republican lawmakers at town halls over the GOP's health care plan.

"So we think we've opened the door for that", Mulvaney said.

That GOP source said members continue to discuss ways to tally up the 216 votes needed to pass an Obamacare repeal measure through the House. The chamber's GOP leaders, burned by a debacle in March, are dubious and signs are scant that an emerging plan is gaining enough votes to succeed. But states would have to set up "high-risk pools" that use government funds to help pay for insurance for people with costly medical conditions. The work has centered on what the triggers would be for states to opt out of those regulations and how much money could be added to the bill to address concerns that the regulations would essentially undercut the existing ban on insurers discriminating on the basis of pre-existing conditions.

"I wish I knew what was in this so-called deal", Davis told CNN's "New Day". MacArthur and Davis are members of the centrist House Republican Tuesday Group.

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On April 13, Republican Representatives Tom MacArthur, a Republican from New Jersey, and Mark Meadows, who heads the Freedom Caucus seemed to come to a compromise on an amendment that gives states more flexibility while preserving consumer protections to get and retain health insurance.

State officials are asking Congress to guarantee billions of dollars in health insurance subsidies under a legal cloud as a result of Republican opposition to "Obamacare".

He said the new plan, the text of which has not been written yet, would lower the cost of health insurance and return responsibility to individual states.

During a conference call on Thursday with House Democrats, their leader, Nancy Pelosi urged them to remain united against the Republican legislation, according to an aide who was on the telephone call.

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