So, the breaking news is that the House will vote tomorrow, Thursday, the 4th day of May, in the year 2017, to “repeal and replace” Obamacare.
The NY Times reports:
House Republican leaders planned to hold a showdown vote Thursday on their bill to repeal and replace large portions of the Affordable Care Act after adding $8 billion to the measure to help cover insurance costs for people with pre-existing conditions.
“We have enough votes,” Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the House majority leader, said Wednesday night. “It’ll pass.’”
The amendment, drafted by Representative Fred Upton of Michigan, secured the support of Mr. Upton and of Representative Billy Long of Missouri, two key Republican lawmakers who had come out against the health care legislation earlier this week, warning that it did not do enough to protect the sick.
President Trump blessed the proposal at a White House meeting with both lawmakers ….
So is this for real?
First question, do they have the vote? CNN reports Republican leadership says they do:
Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said the bill will pass.
“We will be voting on the health care votes tomorrow. Because we have enough votes. It’ll pass. It’s a good bill,” McCarthy, R-California, told reporters.
“We’re gonna pass it. We’re gonna pass it,” he added. “Let’s be optimistic about life.”
Except Majority Leader McCarthy told reporters tonight "we will pass this bill" and said "yes we do" have the votes. https://t.co/QneP1cfEXM
— Alex Moe (@AlexNBCNews) May 3, 2017
How is it different from the prior bill that failed?
Still trying to figure that out, other than more money for pre-existing conditions coverage.
This post will be updated.
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