Plan Constructed to Push Health Bill Forward

WASHINGTON (AP) – Top House Republicans scrambling to prevent another collapse of their push to repeal much of President Barack Obama’s health care law may have found a way to win over some moderate GOP holdouts.

Michigan Republican Rep. Fred Upton is an influential centrist. He says he’s crafting an amendment with the backing of party leaders that could gain crucial support for the languishing measure. Upton says the proposal would provide $8 billion over five years to help some people with pre-existing medical conditions pay costly insurance premiums.

The plan comes as GOP leaders press holdouts to back the party’s health care bill and push it through the House before the chamber begins a week-long recess scheduled to start Friday.

Upton described the plan to The Associated Press late Tuesday.

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