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Key conservative lawmaker says making headway on healthcare bill

Stacy Diaz | 29 March, 2017, 06:29

The vote on the Republican health care bill is a defining moment for House Speaker Paul Ryan that could boost his aggressive agenda to overhaul the tax code and remake the federal government. "That's just how we look at it, because that's what's consistent with what the American people elected Republicans to do".

The moderate Tuesday Group trekked to the White House Thursday afternoon after intense deliberations of their own and a meeting with Ryan.

He tried to spin the meeting with the Freedom Caucus as a "very positive step". "Addressing pre-existing conditions has always been a requirement for any replacement plan that HFC would support", he said late Wednesday.

There was "no plan B", the White House said.

President Trump also undertook a concerted effort to sell the bill on Wednesday.

The House health care battle: What's at stake? "If we can't, we won't", he said. "It would be premature to suggest that there are enough votes to get it passed in the House".

He told reporters he would not reveal how he plans to vote on the bill.

President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan have been working to win over conservative rebels who stand in the way of their Obamacare replacement measure. While Trump threatened that anyone voting against the bill wouldn't be re-elected in 2018, the libertarian Koch brothers countered they would set aside millions to defend members voting no, claiming Ryan's bill didn't go far enough. A few minutes later, when asked if he expects the bill to pass in the House on Friday, Babin casually responded, "I hope it does". But I'll tell you what's going to come of it is a better bill.because there were things in this bill that I didn't particularly like. Such benefits also provide emergency services, ambulance coverage, maternity care, and preventive health care.

But supporters of the essential health benefit package say they are needed to keep insurance risk pools stable.

"The president has been bringing members down and talking to members and closing the deal". "It will require 60 votes to repeal these protections, and the votes just aren't there in the Senate". Trump wrote on Twitter.

Repealing and replacing Obamacare was a top campaign promise by Trump in last year's presidential election, as well as by most Republican candidates, "from dog-catcher on up", as Spicer put it during a briefing on Friday.

At least 30 Republicans had said they would oppose the bill, according to ABC News' latest whip count, meaning Republicans could fall at least nine votes short.

In order to win the vote of right-wing Rep. Steve King of Iowa, Trump publicly announced an amendment to the bill that would deregulate the health care industry.

Freedom caucus members told reporters on Capitol Hill that there was "no deal" following the meeting. "This is the only way that we will repeal and replace Obamacare".

Frum's comment is a remarkable indictment of how out of touch Ryan, Trump and the Freedom Caucus are.

While drama has surrounded the Freedom Caucus' deliberations over the health care bill, the proposal is also in trouble with other factions of the conference. "That's a hard row to hoe".

"Because we'd like for it to be as strong as possible going over to the Senate", he added.

"For many of them this was a key proposed solution". "We learned about loyalty, we learned a lot about the vote-getting process".

Plans aired by Trump during his election campaign and his first two months in office lifted US stock markets to new highs.

The drama unfolded seven years to the day after Obama signed his landmark law, an anniversary Republican leaders meant to celebrate with a vote to undo the divisive legislation.

Spicer chided that GOP members "took free votes" over eight years of the Obama presidency on repealing Obamacare.

Whether any of the Freedom Caucus's remaining holdouts will drop their opposition to the health-care measure before Thursday's vote will determine the outcome.

Rep. Weber speculated of the bill, "If you've got 13 or 15 Freedom Caucus and 15 more moderate votes". "It defies me to understand where they're coming from".