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Conservatives say the House doesn't have enough votes to pass Obamacare repeal

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A group of hard-line conservatives who have opposed the House GOP's bill to repeal and replace Obamacare said Wednesday that they have enough "no" votes to stop the bill from passing. 

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said at least 25 of his colleagues would vote no on the House's American Health Care Act, Politico reported.

It would only take 22 votes to block the bill, which is scheduled for a vote on Thursday.

“It’s not going to pass as it’s standing right now,” Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, according to USA Today . “They should, absolutely” push back Thursday’s scheduled vote."

Freedom Caucus Members came out hard against the bill immediately after it was released, branding it "Obamacare lite" and "Obamacare 2.0."

Hard-liners have said they want the bill to go farther to repeal insurance regulations and cut Medicaid expansion and the so-called Cadillac Tax sooner that the current plan calls for. 


“We believe that the best approach is to actually start over and do something that actually lowers premiums,” Meadows said, USA today reported. “We believe that we need to postpone the vote and get it right.”

Sens. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) and Ted Cruz, (R-Texas) attended a Wednesday meeting with the Freedom Caucus and said conservatives would block the bill. 

“I think they have the votes," Paul said.

It's not just hard-line conservatives that are coming out against the bill now. 

Iowa Rep. David Young said in a statement on Wednesday that he also would vote no on the bill. 

"While the American Health Care Act, legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare, is a very good start, it does not yet get it right and therefore I cannot support it in its’ present form," Young said

The White House and House leadership maintain that support for the bill is growing and are confident that it will pass. 

"The count keeps getting stronger for us," White House spokesman Sean Spicer said in his daily press briefing. 

House Speaker Paul Ryan echoed that optimism in an interview on Fox News on Wednesday. 

"We’re talking to our members. We’re not losing votes. We’re adding votes. We feel like we’re getting really, really close," Ryan said. 

In a meeting with House GOP lawmakers on Tuesday, Trump warned Republicans that if the bill did not pass, many of them would lose in midterm elections, jeopardizing their majority in Congress. 

“The president was very direct. We get this done, and tax reform, he believes we pick up 10 seats in the Senate, and we add to our majority in the House,” Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) told the Los Angeles Times. “And if we don’t get it done, we lose the House, and we lose the Senate.”


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