GOP leaders withdraw 'Cantorcare' bill

A bill that was being pushed by Majority Whip Eric Cantor that would have made it easier for sick people with pre-existing conditions to get insurance was pulled at the last minute yesterday because of conservative opposition. The "Helping Sick Americans Act" would have taken money from a $5 billion fund on preventative care and transferred it to insurance pools for high risk patients. But after a day of growing outrage from conservatives, Speaker Boehner withdrew the legislation before the scheduled vote. Reuters: The House cleared the way to debate the bill, which was designed to help Americans with pre-existing medical conditions while preventing the administration from using an alternate source of funding to implement its healthcare law. But the "Helping Sick Americans Now" bill was pulled from the schedule before members could cast their votes, suggesting that Republican leaders did not have enough support from their own members. Democrats called the bill a political...(Read Full Post)