Wednesday, May 3, 2017

House GOP Close To Failure In Second Obamacare Repeal Attempt

It’s looking like House Republicans haven’t learned anything from their late-March failure to repeal Obamacare, which would have caused upwards of 24 million people to lose coverage over the next decade while cutting nearly a trillion in federal spending on health programs serving the poor and the most vulnerable seniors.

The Republican leadership, egged on by an impatient President Trump, said their latest Obamacare repeal may come to the House floor by Wednesday. However, by Monday evening it appeared that House Speaker Paul Ryan was on the verge of failing to secure sufficient votes to pass it. The Republicans can only afford 22 defections—or “no” votes from their ranks—for it to still pass. The Hill.com counted 22 Republican “no” votes.

In the meantime, serious pressure was being placed on House Republicans to reject this latest attempt to slash social safety nets by advocates representing 100 million patients with serious health issues—including tens of millions of voters in red states.  Read full story 

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