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>> Less than two weeks after his healthcare overhaul collapsed in the House, President Trump ramping up a campaign to resurrect the plan. But with no guarantee the new effort will turn out any better. In a surprise move Tuesday, Trump sending Vice President Mike Pence to Capitol Hill after a flurry of meetings Monday night with the two House GOP factions blamed for crashing the bill last month.
The hard right Freedom Caucus and a more moderate band of lawmakers known as the Tuesday Group. Yasmeen Abutaleb is on this story.>> This push very much seems like a White House effort. White House members were the ones who went up to the hill Monday night after having learned what was wrong the first time around.
>> The new bill would allow states a path to opt out of some of the core benefits now offered under Obamacare, such as the rule barring health insurance companies from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions. Freedom Caucus chairman Mark Meadows seemed to like what he saw, calling it intriguing.
But it's not clear if anyone else will.>> It's hard to see how this would win over moderates. The thinking is that, because states could choose whether or not to cover these, you could win over people from moderate states because their states would keep them. And then other states could opt out of it.
And it's all about returning control to the states.>> The new push may have more to do with politics than policy.>> Republicans wanna be able to go into the recess this weekend saying that they're making progress on this seven year promise to repeal and replace Obamacare. The White House has said it wants a vote this week but there's still no legislative text.
And that means that people haven't had time to analyze its impacts. It still needs to go through the House rules committee before it can go to the House floor for a vote. So there would have to be a lot of progress in the next couple of days if they were actually get a bill by Friday
>> Now these are ongoing talks that we're having.>> House Speaker Paul Ryan, who pushed the earlier bill hard only to see it collapse, tamping down expectations Tuesday, saying there are ongoing conversations but they are at a quote, conceptual stage and there is currently no timeline for a vote.