The American Health Care Act has been a controversial bill introduced to replace Obamacare, with many Republicans not caring for it, but now President Trump may be trying to bend a bit to satisfy.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., declined to commit to bringing the measure to the House floor next week, a fresh indication of uncertainty.
House GOP leadership and the White House are working hard to sell the measure to both conservatives and moderates in the party who have different sets of concerns about the bill. "We've done some great things", and "health care looks like it's really happening".
While the rapid-fire events seemed to build momentum for the pivotal GOP legislation, its fate remained clouded.
All three representatives are members of the House Freedom Caucus, a conservative group that has come out against the AHCA. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., arrive at the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March, 15, 2017, for a vote to confirm former Indiana Sen.
On Wednesday night, Republican leaders also got underway with its first official whip count. though leaders and whips have had ongoing conversations with members for weeks and since the bill has come out. Meanwhile you have other members of Congress such as Rand Paul who feel a bulk of the American Health Care Act is too similar to Obamacare and needs to be broken down and restarted, this included Medicaid. They say a GOP proposed tax credit to help people pay medical costs is too generous, and they want to terminate all of Obama's insurance requirements, including mandatory coverage of specified services like drug counseling. It would allow states to impose work requirements on recipients, and states could opt to accept a lump federal payment.
"I just want to let the world know I am 100% in favor and these folks - and they are tough and they love their constituents and they love their country - these folks were nos, mostly nos yesterday and now every single one is a yes", the President said. The program now costs the federal government around $370 billion annually and automatically covers costs, no matter the amounts.
House Republicans will hold a policy conference on Friday to discuss the changes, Roe said.
In a rally Wednesday in Nashville, Tennessee, Trump attempted to drum up support for the House's proposal-though he also hinted at a willingness to work on improving it.
The top Democrat on the Budget Committee, Rep. John Yarmuth of Kentucky, admitted the bill will still likely pass, but that he thought "it's going to be a close call".
"We're a yes. We're excited to be there", he said at the White House.
"They won't have the votes unless they change it" further, Meadows said. It would end subsidies that help low-income people with high insurance premiums the most and replace them with tax credits that are bigger for older people.
"There's a long history in modern politics of House members walking the plank for legislation that not only fails to become law but never even gets a vote in the Senate", Cotton, a one-term House member before coming to the Senate, said in an interview in his office Thursday.
Moderates "don't like the idea of taking a vote in the House that may go nowhere in the Senate", said Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa. Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., said after the RSC meeting.
Some moderate Republicans are nervous that the plan would cause struggling families to suffer, a prospect highlighted this week by a damning congressional projection that 24 million people could lose insurance within a decade under the new bill.