Thursday, April 27, 2017
The Hill's Whip List: 19 GOP no votes on new ObamaCare bill
House Republicans have an updated bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare, and The Hill has a new whip list.
The updated bill includes an amendment that would allow states to opt out of key ObamaCare rules, including on minimum coverage requirements and allowing insurers to charge more based on individuals' health.
Those changes are designed to win over conservatives, and the new legislation has been backed by the House Freedom Caucus and outside groups including the Club for Growth and FreedomWorks.
The question is whether GOP centrists can back it.
A mix of centrists and conservatives objected to the earlier ObamaCare bill, forcing GOP leaders to call off a planned vote.
No Democrats are expected to vote for the measure, meaning Republicans can only afford 22 defections.