White House: House to Vote on Replacing Obamacare Friday After Postponement

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The president is meeting with the House Freedom Caucus this morning, also at 11:30 a.m., on changes to the health care bill.

The Freedom Caucus is now emerging as a major headache for the current House speaker, Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, who's trying hard to put together enough GOP votes to approve the bill and deliver for Trump.

FILE - In this March 23, 2010 file photo, President Barack Obama signs the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare", in the East Room of the White House in Washington.

The House Freedom Caucus, whose conservative members comprise the bulk of GOP opponents, met at midday with Trump.

Eliminating that requirement could have an impact on how many Americans have coverage.

Trump, faced with a growing fallout from the FBI investigation into possible collusion between Russian Federation and his presidential campaign, was hoping that a decisive victory in the effort to repeal Obamacare would provide him with much-needed political momentum to propel other ambitious efforts, such as overhauling the nation's tax code, pursuing new trade deals and dramatically scaling back federal spending. But, he said, "at the end of the day, we can't make people vote".

The measure would also block federal payments to Planned Parenthood for a year, another stumbling block for GOP moderates.

In a danger sign for Republicans, a Quinnipiac University poll suggested that people disapprove of the Republican legislation by 56 per cent to 17 per cent, with 26 per cent undecided. With the House in recess awaiting the outcome of the White House meeting, C-SPAN aired video of that signing ceremony.

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Nikki Wallace, his spokeswoman, said Simpson wants to see Obamacare repealed and replaced but added that "it is impossible to say "yes" or "no" because changes are now being made and we haven't seen the final bill". But the number was in constant flux amid the 11th-hour lobbying.

The Republicans have a majority in the House but because of united Democratic opposition, can afford to lose only 21 Republican votes.

Republican congressional members stand and applaud during Trump's address to Congress on February 28.

Conservatives have teetered between strongly opposing the GOP health care bill and looming support. "Call your Rep & let them know".

President Trump had promised several times during his campaign to repeal and replace Obamacare, but Mr Meadows does not view the postponement as "a loss" for Mr Trump.

A key moderate who had been in the meeting, Rep. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania, issued a statement saying he would be voting "no" on the health bill.

Conservatives argued the bill did not go far enough in dismantling the health care law known as Obamacare, while moderates feared millions of Americans would be left without health coverage.

Moderates were given pause by projections of 24 million Americans losing coverage in a decade and higher out-of-pocket costs for many low-income and older people, as predicted by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

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