Leaked health bill already out-of-date, GOP leaders say

The third-ranking House Republican told The Hill Tuesday the Republican ACA repeal bill that leaked last week is an old draft.

The bill in question was leaked last Friday, Feb. 24. The budget reconciliation draft included stipulations to cap the tax exclusion for employer-sponsored health insurance, roll back Medicaid expansion, establish age-based premium tax credits and allot innovation grants to states to help offset the costs of high-cost patients, among other ideas. According to a report from The Hill, conservatives in the House criticized the draft's tax credits Monday, saying they would not vote for a bill with refundable tax credits.

Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., addressed these comments Tuesday, telling reporters, "That draft is not even representative of where we are," according to The Hill. "[Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, R-N.C., is] working with us and we're in direct conversations with the chairman of the [Republican Study Committee] as well as others about the best way to build a consensus to pass a bill to gut Obamacare."

House Speaker Paul Ryan said at a press conference consensus will be achieved among Republicans in the final draft, according to The Hill.

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