Trump’s Second Obamacare Repeal Attempt On The Edge Of Collapse

Thursday, April 27, 2017
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Apr 27, 2017

Exactly one month after Trump was humiliated by his own party, when in the last moment the House failed to get the number of votes to pass a Republican healthcare bill due to holdouts from the conservative Freedom Caucus, the president’s second attempt to repeal Obamacare before his first 100 days in office run out, appears on the edge of failure. However, whereas the latest effort succeeded in appealing to the conservatives who caused the first vote to be pulled in the last moment, this time is the moderates who are about to pull the plug on Trump’s – and Paul Ryan’s – second attempt to overhaul Obamacare.

As a reminder, in order to appeal to conservatives, the revised bill was negotiated by centrist Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.) and conservative Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and was meant to allow states to opt out of some of ObamaCare’s requirements, which however could result in people losing their current health coverage or facing much higher premiums. While the changes aimed at winning over conservatives, proved successful, in the process the new bill might have lost just as many centrists. According to the latest roll call by The Hill, at least 21 Republicans have said they would vote no on the revised GOP healthcare bill. Only 23 votes are required to kill the bill.

“The mood is still guardedly optimistic,” said Representative Chris Collins, a moderate and Trump ally who supports the bill. “There are, I’m going to say, still some ‘lean no’s’ that we’ve just got to get over the hurdle …”

The “no” votes include Reps. Patrick Meehan (Pa.), Ryan Costello (Pa.), Barbara Comstock (R-Va.), Jaime Herrera Beutler (Wash.) and John Katko (N.Y.), all centrists who had reservations about the previous ObamaCare repeal bill that was pulled from a floor vote last month because of a lack of GOP support. The Hill adds that on top of that, a trio of usually reliable Republicans — Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (Calif.), Adam Kinzinger (Ill.) and Mario Diaz-Balart (Fla.) — said that they were undecided on the new bill after saying they were yes votes on the earlier legislation.

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