Leading GOP moderate opposes plan to move House health bill

FILE - In this March 9, 2017 file photo, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. uses charts and graphs to make his case for the GOP's long-awaited plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Republicans pushing a plan to dismantle Barack Obama's health care law are bracing for a Congressional Budget Office analysis widely expected to conclude that fewer Americans will have health coverage under the proposal, despite President Donald Trump's promise of "insurance for everybody." (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Leading House conservatives are saying good things about a plan to revive the GOP health care bill.

But an influential GOP House moderate is opposing the proposal. That’s leaving party leaders to assess whether the idea could help one of President Donald Trump’s premier but most problematic priorities spring back to life.

Republican lawmakers are scheduled to meet Wednesday to consider the effort to rescue the GOP drive to repeal much of President Barack Obama’s health care law. Conservative and moderate GOP leaders have negotiated a plan to let states opt out of some insurance coverage requirements under Obama’s statute.

Separately, bipartisan negotiators are nearing agreement on a $1 trillion budget bill. Besides financing agencies for the rest of this year, the measure would prevent a partial federal shutdown Saturday.


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