New healthcare legislation: GOP said to lack votes despite Trump demands

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Ahead of the vote, House Speaker Paul Ryan paid a visit to the White House to deliver the message that President Trump's American Healthcare Act was likely to fail in Congress.

Mr Trump was said to be "agitated" by the reluctance of conservative Republican congressmen to vote for the American Health Care Act because they do not believe it goes far enough in dismantling Obamacare.

House Republican leadership's chances of passing their Obamacare repeal legislation Thursday evening appears to be waning, with the House Freedom Caucus remaining unsupportive despite President Donald Trump's efforts to persuade them. On Thursday night he had issued an ultimatum that lawmakers pass the legislation that has his backing or keep in place the Obamacare law that Republicans have sought to dismantle since it was enacted seven years ago.

In his posts, Trump said the vote was their final chance to replace Obamacare, and apparently suggested their failure to support the replacement plan would allow the reproductive health care group Planned Parenthood to continue to operate.

The White Housethat there was "no Plan B" if the AHCA didn't pass.

Rep. Gregg Harper, a Republican who represents the 3rd Congressional District, will vote yes on the bill.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters the president had communicated with more than 120 House members about support for the bill.

"I promised my constituents that I would repeal Obamacare and that is what I intend to do", Palazzo said in a statement. Overall, the bill benefited healthy and high-income Americans while putting low-income and sick people at a greater disadvantage. At the time, the Administration had no plan to replace the existing Affordable Care Act.

Mr Trump told House Speaker Paul Ryan to pull the bill after it became apparent it would not get the minimum of 215 Republican votes needed. While the party leads in both houses, it is divided between Tea Party politicians (the Freedom Caucus) who wanted the bill completely repealed because they want lower taxes and less government, and more traditional Republicans who were anxious that their older voter base would be worse off if the bill passed.

The president is meeting with the House Freedom Caucus this morning, also at 11:30 a.m., on changes to the health care bill.

Democrats during their news conference portrayed the Republican bill as a lose-lose proposition for both Republicans and Americans.

"We have to pass the bill", Pelosi said at the time. They pointed out that health care and health insurance is not "affordable", since prices and premiums go up every year, and implied that repealing the law would somehow fix that problem. Moderate-leaning Republican lawmakers were also bailing on the legislation, leaving it short of votes.

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