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Published: Wed, May 03, 2017
Business | By Cristina Jennings

GOP Health Care Bill: 20 Republicans Say They'll Vote 'No'

GOP Health Care Bill: 20 Republicans Say They'll Vote 'No'

Last week, Republicans seemed to reach a major breakthrough on health care.

"This bill doesn't get all the way there but it's a good step and is. the best we can get out of the House right now", said Representative Jim Jordan, chairman of the voting bloc, on CNN.

"I think they could have voted on Friday", President Donald Trump said in a Sunday interview on CBS" "Face the Nation" to discuss his first 100 days in office.

That is a no go for moderate congressmen like Fred Upton (R-MI).

The really depressing fact for the GOP is that even if this bill gets out of the House, its prospects in the Senate are awful, with one knowledgeable source saying there are only 25 senators who would vote for it at present. "They will misstate it, exaggerate it and run commercials".

Mulvaney tells reporters in a conference call Tuesday morning that, "the truth of the matter here is that what happened is the American people won and the president negotiated that victory for them". "This is fine print time".

White House and leadership sources, of course, are talking an upbeat game, but they did last time as well.

Others are not going that far. "I think that's a problem", Jordan said. It was unclear when or if a vote would be scheduled. They also say high-risk pools have a mixed record of effectiveness, often because the government money provided to finance them proves inadequate.

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"Each of us individually is evaluating it based on commitments we have made, public statements we have made", said Costello, who is opposed to the bill. Well, joining us to talk about what exactly the bill would do is NPR health policy correspondent Alison Kodjak. Change the bill back to include a mandate and lots of Freedom Caucus support walks away. "And on their side, they're saying we'll give you half as much as Obamacare".

The Marshfield representatives cite gains that include 30,000 PPACA customers covered through the system's insurance plan, almost all of whom receive federal subsidies.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (l.) with House Speaker Paul Ryan and Rep. Greg Walden - when the first Obamacare repeal was introduced in March. But the current GOP repeal effort goes too far for Upton, because it would essentially end Obamacare's ban on discrimination against people with preexisting conditions.

"There are enough people to prevent us from having the votes", the source said.

The concerned members appear to be stalling progress toward a vote.

The president says on Twitter that the country needs to "either elect more Republican Senators in 2018 or change the rules now to 51 (percent)", suggesting more rules changes ahead in the Senate. "And it didn't work", Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), a former member of GOP leadership, told The Hill. Berletta was previously undecided because he had concerns that people would defraud the system and apply for tax credits without the government checking social security numbers. Now he's been promised that there will be a separate bill to fix that issue later.

There are plenty of reasons for those heavy defeats, most prominently the unpopularity of the 2010 health-care law and Obama's own poor standing as America struggled to pull out of the Great Recession. But due to infighting between GOP factions, primarily the Freedom Caucus and the Tuesday Group, over the American Health Care Act (AHCA) - the results have been underwhelming. Yoder is a member of the leadership team created to rally support for the bill and the fact that he's not on board yet, at least not publicly, shows the challenge House Speaker Paul Ryan is facing with Republicans running in blue-leaning or purple districts. "We are particularly concerned about what's happening with pre-existing conditions".

Paulsen has indicated that any weakening of pre-existing condition protection would be a deal-breaker for him.

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