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White House pushing for new concessions in bipartisan health bill

White House pushing for new concessions in bipartisan health bill

The White House signaled to Senate Republican negotiators Friday that they want to include retroactive relief this year for both individuals and employers subject to the Affordable Care Act's insurance mandate in a bipartisan health bill, according to individuals briefed on the matter, a request that is sure to anger Democrats.

Key White House officials are hoping to shift to the right the proposal crafted by Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., which would restore subsidies to help offset out-of-pocket costs for low-income Americans buying ACA plans in exchange for further flexibility in how states regulate health coverage.

The individuals briefed on...

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