Spicer Confirms WH Is Helping With Amendment To Modify O’Care Repeal Bill

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Tuesday confirmed that the White House is helping draft an amendment to legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare unveiled by House Republican leadership last week.

Politico reported Monday night that President Donald Trump was considering backing a “manager’s amendment,” typically a large package of amendments agreed upon in advance, that would appease conservative opponents of the legislation.

The amendment would potentially throw some goodies to those conservatives in the form of moving up the date to roll back Medicaid expansion from 2020 to 2018, or moving up the date for other changes to the insurance marketplace, Politico reported.

Asked during the daily briefing if the White House was helping with that amendment, Spicer replied, “Yes.”

He told reporters that the Trump administration has tried to engage with the bill’s critics and solicit their opinions about changes to the legislation. He also said that the administration has been talking with members of House leadership about the bill, noting that Trump was scheduled to talk with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) over the phone on Tuesday about the plan.