No Timeframe Set Yet for the New Healthcare Bill
Marc Short, the White House director of legislative affairs, said there is no deal imminent for a new GOP healthcare plan.
But, that a consensus is developing and called reports that the White House was ready to release a legislative text of an updated healthcare proposal premature.
His comments came despite hopes by the conservative House Freedom Caucus and the moderate Tuesday Group that it would be ready this week.
The Washington Post said Mr. Short told reporters that there was no firm timetable for action on the Republican healthcare bill yet.
Mr. Short told reporters that he has been encouraged that members who were not talking directly with one another are now doing so.
“We feel like that is progress,” he said.
Heritage Action for America CEO Michael Needham said: “It was very close a couple of days ago, but it looks like things have gone in a bad direction.”
Mr. Needham blamed Republican moderates: “It’s kind of stunning that in 24 hours, instead of building support for good policy, they’ve kind of abandoned it.”