GOP Rep Goes From 'No' to 'Hell No' on Health-Care Bill

Things aren't looking great for the American Health Care Act
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 22, 2017 6:49 PM CDT
GOP Rep Goes From 'No' to 'Hell No' on Health-Care Bill
Republican Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky has changed his vote on the American Health Care Act. Kind of.   (Twitter)

House Republicans still plan on holding a vote on the American Health Care Act—the GOP's ObamaCare replacement—on Thursday despite its continuing to not be super popular with the legislators who are supposed to be voting for it, the Week reports. If 22 House Republicans vote against bill, it will fail. Here's what you need to know:

  • Politico reports the stiffest opposition to the AHCA is coming from the far-right House Freedom Caucus, whose chairman predicts 25 GOP votes against the bill. The caucus' opposition comes despite a 90-minute meeting with President Trump on Wednesday.
  • Conservatives are split in their opposition to the bill, with some saying it deprives too many of health care, while others complaining it doesn't go far enough to repeal the Affordable Care Act, according to the Los Angeles Times.
  • As a sign of how things seem to be going for the AHCA, Republican Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky tweeted Wednesday to change his vote from a simple "no" to a more emphatic "hell no."
  • Meanwhile, Sean Spicer says the White House is confident the AHCA will pass, adding there isn't a "Plan B." "There's 'Plan A' and 'Plan A,'" Talking Points Memo quotes the press secretary as saying.
  • FiveThirtyEight reports that if the AHCA somehow passes, it could have serious ramifications for the GOP. The ACA only had 41% public support, and it cost Congressional Democrats dearly in the next election; the AHCA currently has 32% public support.
  • On the other hand, a video on Politico looks at three things to expect if the bill fails, including who will be blamed and how Democrats will take advantage.
  • Finally, Reuters reports Wall Street is looking at the AHCA as a test of how quickly and easily Trump can make his agenda a reality. US markets could see a dip if it—and by extension Trump—fails.
(More American Health Care Act stories.)

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