The problem: All they’ve settled on is the addition of a $15 billion risk-sharing fund to help health insurers with high-cost patients. Not only is it similar to an Obamacare reinsurance program — with less money — it doesn’t do anything to solve the basic dispute with the Freedom Caucus. It wants to let states get rid of the Obamacare rules requiring insurers to cover sick people, and banning them from charging higher premiums for those patients. The rest of the GOP doesn’t want to touch that.
The bottom line: Leadership sources say it’s all up to the Freedom Caucus now.
Update: From AshLee Strong, spokeswoman for House Speaker Paul Ryan: “Member discussions will continue and should a path toward 216 votes emerge, the speaker wouldn’t hesitate to bring members back to fulfill our promise to repeal and replace Obamacare.”