Whip count: As Trump meets with chief Obamacare architect, who has been swayed?

Will they do or will they won’t?

House Republican whip Steve Scalise is scurrying to firm up votes to secure the passage of the GOP’s Obamacare repeal and replacement plan, while other GOP leaders are moving quickly to push the plan through despite concerns of conservatives and moderates alike.

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump is also swaying votes and is even slated to meet with chief Obamacare architect Zeke Emanuel.

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Despite criticisms from members of the House Freedom Caucus that provisions such as tort reform and the ability you purchase insurance across state lines are absent from phase I of the bill, coined the American Health Care Act, some conservatives are coming on board.

Another sticking point is that Phase I of the plan doesn’t repeal Obamacare in its entirety.

After Meeting with the president Friday, conservative members of the bill’s Study Committee are coming around to casting an aye vote when it comes up to the floor this week.

Their agreement was made, in part, by the changing provisions in the original bill to include work requirements for Medicaid recipients and how it handles tax credits for low-income individuals.

But even centrist Republicans, especially those representing blue districts, are balking because of the plan’s provisions to defund Planned Parenthood and roll back Medicaid expansion.

And the president, along with House Speaker Paul Ryan and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, is reportedly enlisting the support of someone not even on Capitol Hill. Bloomberg national political reporter Sahil Kapur reported:

And they’re apparently even open to changes in the legislation in order to win his support. Emanuel, who is the brother of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, has been a firm supporter of Obamacare from the outset.


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Meanwhile, Ryan is under the gun due to the tiny margin of error. Its passage will fail if more than 21 House Republicans cast nay votes, assuming no Democratic support. Once it gets to the Senate, Republicans can’t afford more than two defectors.

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