With one day until the pivotal House vote to repeal and replace Obamacare, Republican leaders still do not have enough votes to keep the current “Trumpcare” bill from failing.
Republican leaders such as Paul Ryan are trying to find a way to get them the votes they need before the full House vote, which is currently slated for Thursday.
Conservative Republicans have been against the bill since it was first released because it doesn’t actually repeal all of Obamacare, and creates new entitlements.
Meanwhile, many of the long-serving GOP representatives have high Medicaid enrollment in their districts and fear many of the proposed measures that would roll back the Medicaid expansion will cost them their seats during the 2018 midterm elections.
Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell proposed some last-minute changes to the bill to secure more votes, but those changes have not gotten them the additional support they were hoping for.
Yesterday, President Trump personally warned the holdouts in the GOP that they would face political exile if they didn’t support the bill.
Conservative Rep. Justin Amash, who called the proposed legislation “Obamacare 2.0,” said on Twitter that the changes being pitched by Ryan and his coalition were not enough to convince members of the Freedom Caucus to change their votes:
Obamacare 2.0 https://t.co/p0zKkMD3UT
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) March 6, 2017
“They haven’t changed the bill’s general framework,” Amash tweeted. “They don’t have the votes to pass it. They have seriously miscalculated.”
They haven't changed the bill's general framework. They don't have the votes to pass it. They have seriously miscalculated. https://t.co/Rg7myfgrRm
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) March 21, 2017
The 29 seat House Freedom Caucus is still planning to block passage of the legislation in its current form, setting up a confrontation between conservatives and the president.
With only a twenty-two vote margin in the House, and a two-vote margin in the Senate, President Trump and those pushing for his legislation to pass will need to agree to some large concessions to swing enough votes in the next two days.