Healthcare Bill is in Trouble Once Again
The healthcare bill, according to House Speaker Paul Ryan, does not have the votes needed to pass the current bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. However, the Republican leaders, along with the White House, are not giving up. Ryan said he will put the bill on the floor when the votes are there. President Donald Trump is putting pressure on house leaders for a vote and he told the Air Force Academy football team, “I think it’s time now” for a vote on the bill.
Healthcare Bill is in Trouble
There is no doubt that this is a big week for the future of healthcare. However, the President is telling reporters and the American people one thing, while leaders in Congress are saying another. There is no doubt the House Republican leaders want to get this done this week. One reason is due to momentum – there is concern about members going home for recess next week and what might happen during ‘town hall’ meetings. Also, the budget window is closing. Most agree that members are at a point they just want to do something, anything to get this done and over with – and they are closer than they’ve ever been. Many House GOP members and aides have quietly been making clear they think the White House hindered this process last week or so by pushing so hard for a vote. This leads to the real urgency this week.
Republicans are wondering if the third time may be the charm – or, maybe not. After two failed attempts to gather enough votes to pass a bill that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act – once in March and again last week, it appears the Republicans, as of today, still do not have the votes needed to pass their bill. There are now 21 House Republicans, on the record, as “no” votes. Two more votes will cause the bill to fail.
While Congress continues to play ‘ping-pong’ with the healthcare bill, millions of Americans wait in fear wondering if they will have insurance to cover their family tomorrow.