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Flickers Of Bipartisanship May Light Way For Plan B In Senate If GOP Legislation Fails

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There are signs that moderates are reaching across the aisle to talk about health care. Meanwhile, a controversial provision in the Republican legislation was predicted to die in the upper chamber, but now experts aren’t so sure. And The Washington Post fact checks claims about rising premiums — under both Obamacare and the Republican bill.

Approval For GOP Health Plan Ticks Up Slightly To 21 Percent

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But 75 percent of respondents – and 59 percent of Republicans – say it is a “bad idea” to allow states to opt out of cost-lowering protections for those with preexisting conditions. A separate poll looks at the percent of Americans who are worried about losing access to care.

Strategy To Exclude Moderates, Women From 13-Man Working Group May Come Back To Bite McConnell

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The more moderate senators now have no obligation to fall in line behind the group’s final health law draft and will almost surely continue to work on their own ideas. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump plans to take a hands-off approach to the upper chamber’s negotiations and let Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) wrangle the votes he needs.

GOP Health Plan Narrowly Passes House

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An amendment to add $8 billion to help fund high-risk pools swayed enough Republicans who were worried the legislation didn’t offer enough protections for people with preexisting conditions.