GOP moderate says health bill still has problems

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on efforts in Congress to repeal the health care law and agree on a spending bill to keep the government open (all times local):

2 p.m.

A leader of House Republican moderates is suggesting a proposal to revamp the mired GOP health care bill shows that conservatives are trying to shift blame for the legislation’s problems to party centrists.

Pennsylvania GOP Rep. Charlie Dent also says he believes that moderates who have opposed the Republican health overhaul haven’t changed their minds, despite proposed changes.

Dent is a leader of the moderate House Tuesday Group, which has about 50 members.

Another head of that group is New Jersey GOP Rep. Tom MacArthur. He has negotiated a plan with a conservative leader, North Carolina GOP Rep. Mark Meadows, to let states get exemptions to insurance coverage requirements under President Barack Obama’s health care law.

Many conservatives are endorsing that proposal. Dent calls it “an exercise in blame-shifting.”

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1:45 p.m.

The top House Democrat is accusing the Trump administration of “cruelly threatening to raise health premiums” for millions as a disagreement about payments to insurers under the health care law jolted talks on a bill to keep the government open.

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi also said Wednesday that it was incumbent upon Republicans, who control the White House and Congress, to avert a shutdown. The current spending bill expires at midnight on Friday.

Pelosi issued a statement a day after meeting with Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney. Pelosi called the former congressman “the chief architect of the government shutdown in 2013,” and highlighted his past votes against spending bills and raising the nation’s borrowing authority.

Pelosi and Republicans are wrestling over a Democratic demand that the must-pass spending bill keep money flowing under the health care law that helps low-earners pay out-of-pocket medical costs.

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1:42 p.m.

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