GOP Moderates Balking At Conservatives’ Health Care Deal With White House

WASHINGTON ― A theoretical deal between House Republicans and the White House to bring back their stalled health care bill is already running into the same old problem: reality.

Conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus looked ready to accept a proposal from the Trump administration that would allow states to opt out of key requirements in the Affordable Care Act ― namely, the essential health benefits and community rating provisions. The latter, in particular, ensures that sick people are not charged more than the healthy ― which is a key component of the Obamacare guarantee of coverage for people with pre-existing conditions that Republicans promised to retain.