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House Leaders Growing Confident They Have Votes for Obamacare Repeal

This is one of those must-win votes for GOP leaders and the president where people hold out until the last minute to get everything they can out of the Republican leadership and then the thing passes. 

House Republican leaders are increasingly confident they have rounded up enough votes to pass a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, despite claims by their most conservative faction that there is enough opposition to block the measure, the Washington Examiner reported.

“I believe if the vote was right now, we would have exactly the number of votes we need to pass,” Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., a member of the House whip team tasked with rounding up support for GOP legislation, told the Washington Examiner.

Prospects for passage have brightened thanks in no small part to President Trump, who has held nonstop meetings with reluctant GOP lawmakers and visited House Republicans on their own turf Tuesday to rally them behind the bill.

House GOP leaders also won additional support after announcing changes to the bill late Monday, including extra money to help cover the cost of premiums for older people who do not yet qualify for Medicare.

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16 Responses to House Leaders Growing Confident They Have Votes for Obamacare Repeal

    • I hear the conservatives are pretty confident as well.

      Bad way to start off. After 8 years this should have been sorted. Not surprised though.

      I am watching. Those who campaigned and were elected as “conservative” have already begun their slide into the GOPe. But the “conservatives” in opposition seem a bit stronger and committed than in the past.

      It’s difficult. It’s an important “win” for Trump (even though I think he would have chosen something else). But it also will be seen as a win for Ryan et al.

      I hope Trump follows through on his phases and does so quickly.

      When all is said and done though the fault lies with Obama and the Democrats. This thing is so insidious and so entangled in legislation and regulation that it is a mess to undo. So, for as badly as the Republicans have handled the righting, the mess remains squarely on the shoulders of the Democrats.

      • Your first amendment right to speak is taken away arbitrarily by Word Press. Appeals to Keith are necessary more often than not for your release.

        But fear not. Although it is a little “Grey Garden”ish there are cheetos and scotch. There used to a lovely tea trolley service. But that seems to have disappeared. Perhaps the jailer got in arrears.

        Eventually you are released.

        But its spooky. There you are chatting with your WHD pals and all of a sudden your words are snatched away from public eye. Kind of like the sidewalks in front of Lubyanka. Some are never heard from again. Others are released to write another word but Mod Jail never closes so beware ….

    • The latest storm of trolls have been pretty much one person…using lots of unimaginative names. He/she was certainly an angry, foul mouthed, on-the- offensive troll. Sadly, the quality of trolls has declined significantly over recent years. The new class doesn’t seem to be informed, clever or challenging anymore. Our latest troll here was actually stupid. I think he’ll still be slinking around here and pop up like a jack in the box, and be easily spotted. That’s the compulsive factor in troll behavior. We’ll note the same angry tone, offensive queries, tired old buzzwords, ignorant comments, use of insults, phraseology, adolescent behavior. As I mentioned in another post, internet trolls have been studied by behavioral scientists for quite a while (it’s a sort of interesting social commentary on the times, no?). The hard core, compulsive trolls are generally loners, very angry, highly suggestible, suffering under a sense of powerlessness in social relationships, with awkward and difficult family relationships. In an earlier era, they would have been the village idiot barking at the moon and talking to their shadows. Weird bunch.