Centrists push back on new ObamaCare repeal plan – BY PETER SULLIVAN AND JESSIE HELLMANN – 04/04/17 05:47 PM EDT


A new proposal from the White House and GOP leaders to revive ­ObamaCare repeal is facing pushback from centrist Republicans who were already wary of the legislation.

Seeking to win over conservative holdouts, Republicans have talked about redesigning their healthcare bill so that states can apply for waivers on two central ­ObamaCare rules.

The first regulation, known as essential health benefits, requires insurance plans to cover services such as mental healthcare and prescription drugs. The second, known as community rating, prevents insurers from charging higher premiums to people with pre-existing conditions.

Conservatives have long argued that the two regulations drive up premiums, and some of them have reacted favorably to the waiver proposal.

But the attempt to move the bill further to the right threatens to erode support among moderate members who were turned off by the previous version of the American Health Care Act.

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