House leaders are confident they can get the votes to pass the bill
Conservatives and moderates have expressed concerns about parts of the measure
Thursday is the seventh anniversary of President Obama signing the Affordable Care Act
Republican leaders plan a vote Thursday to repeal and replace much of Obamacare, optimistic that President Donald Trump can help them close the deal, multiple House Republican sources tell CNN.
Leaders continue to work toward the 216 votes needed to pass the health care bill led by House Speaker Paul Ryan, and believe some of the changes they are willing to make will secure additional support.
Friday morning, members of the Republican Study Committee – who have expressed serious doubts about the House’s health care bill – emerged from a meeting at the White House backing the legislation.
Trump said Friday he is “100% in favor” of the health care measure.
“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.
North Carolina Rep. Mark Walker, the chairman of the RSC, told reporters he and other members were on a conference call Thursday night up until midnight discussing the two items they wanted to secure their support and had already decided they could support the bill with those revisions when they met with the President.
The President himself acknowledged the difficulty in making changes to the bill, saying during a news conference Friday, “You do something for one side and the other side doesn’t like it.”
Walker told reporters at the Capitol that 16 out of 17 of the RSC’s steering committee members were now on board with the bill. Only one, Rep. Jim Jordan – a member of the House Freedom Caucus – remained opposed.
“You’re looking at some of the top conservatives in the House,” he said. “We stand united today to move this forward for the American people.”
What’s new in the bill
Republican members have been assured that the current House bill is on track and being reworked to include the option for states to impose work requirements for able-bodied adults who are on Medicaid, something the RSC has been lobbying for.
The RSC also was told that states were given the option to receive block grant funding rather than per capita funding.
Changes may also include making tax credits for older Americans more generous, an item that could win over some moderates.
In tinkering around the edges, leadership is optimistic that they can cobble together enough votes from both corners of their party to pass their legislation Thursday and move it onto the Senate where it faces another set of challenges and even more narrow math.
Thursday is also the seventh anniversary of President Barack Obama signing the Affordable Care Act into law.