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President Donald Trump and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 21, 2017, to rally support for the Republican health care overhaul by taking his case directly to GOP lawmakers. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Trump warned Republicans that voting against the GOP health plan may cost them their seats


During President Trump's meeting with congressional Republicans on Tuesday, he warned that those who did not back the American Health Care Act may not get re-elected in 2018.

The AHCA, the GOP's leading plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, has been criticized by conservatives who claim it doesn't go far enough in undoing its predecessor. It also faced a scathing review from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, which said 24 million people would lose health insurance coverage if it was passed.

I honestly think many of you will lose your seats in 2018 if you don't get this done.
President Trump

Trump aimed to rally the troops around the bill he had endorsed.  Early in the meeting, he paused and asked, "You guys don't mind if I go off script?" before asking for votes for the AHCA, Politico reports.

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. speaks at a news conference following a GOP party conference at the Capitol, Wednesday, March 15, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Late Monday, lawmakers altered parts of the bill to make coverage more affordable for senior citizens and appeal to the conservative base. It faces a crucial House of Representatives vote Thursday.

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Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., questions Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen as she testifies in front of the Senate Banking Committee in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

But it's not clear if the bill will be able to pass the Senate even if it passes the House. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) said the previous version of the bill didn't have a chance. 

Trump warned Republicans that voting against the GOP health plan may cost them their seats

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