Inside the final conservative push to thwart Trump's health care bill

Inside the final conservative push to thwart Trump's health care bill

Donald Trump headed to Capitol Hill on Tuesday in an effort to convince dubious GOP legislators that they should throw their support behind Paul Ryan's awful health care reform bill that no one likes, which the House is scheduled to vote on this Thursday.

Rep. Lou BarlettaLou BarlettaGOP faces risky decision on ObamaCare vote White House: Steve King now a yes on ObamaCare bill Republican flips to yes on healthcare bill MORE (R-Pa.), another early Trump endorser, said he'd vote for it after getting a commitment from Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) that the House would vote on his bill to ensure undocumented immigrants in the US don't have access to healthcare tax credits. Members later insisted they'd oppose the bill.

While Republicans have long unified in pushing for repeal of Obamacare, it was not united behind an alternative.

"I don't think we should be meeting on a bill when we don't even know how many people it will hurt", said McGovern, whose motion to adjourn was defeated by a vote of 7-2. He met with the House Freedom Caucus to discuss the bill.

Well-organized and well-funded Tea Party groups are mostly against the proposed overhaul, creating angst for many Republicans in safe seats. So if 22 of the 237 Republicans withhold their support, the bill won't pass. House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions, R-Texas, said the measure would allow Americans "to make their own health care decisions", and create the kind of competitive insurance market that will expand health care coverage without excessive government mandates.

All three trace their political roots back to conservative politics on Capitol Hill, roots that White House officials say Trump administration has found invaluable in trying help usher Trump's first piece of legislation through an unexpectedly hard Republican-controlled House.

None of the 193 Democrats have said they'll vote for the bill and the House now has five vacancies. "We all campaigned on repealing and replacing Obamacare, each and every one of us".

"I would say his conversation yesterday in conference would suggest absolutely that", Collins said when asked if Trump also feels that members who vote against the health care bill aren't part of the team. "Let's get back together, let's do it right, '" said Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio). "We are going forward".

But others haven't been as easily persuaded, including Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tennessee, a member of the House Freedom Caucus who recently traveled on Air Force One with Trump. A new Brookings report, released this morning, shows that the changes Republican leaders made on Monday night will not improve the uninsured crisis the bill is likely to create, while the Kaiser Family Foundation published new findings on the increased deductibles USA consumers could expect to pay if the Republican plan becomes law. Meadows refused to provide details, but on Monday night said it was fair to assume the conservative coalition had the 21 votes needed to derail the plan if all Democrats remained opposed. "It is not as good as or better than what we now have".

"I have one vote, just like everyone else", he told the Tribune.

Republican leaders are still planning to bring the bill to the floor Thursday, according to House GOP leadership aides. The House GOP leadership-aligned American Action Network nonprofit is also up with a spate of ads, including on conservative talk radio, calling on lawmakers to back the bill.

No word yet on an exact time for Thursday's vote. "I think we can accomplish a lot if we do it that way".



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