It looks like the Republican leadership is going to put the bill on the floor this week, with all but a couple of conservatives now supporting the measure. The question is, how many moderates do they lose?
From the Washington Examiner:
All but one or two of the approximately three dozen members of the House Freedom Caucus are now on board with the revised bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, and conservatives hope this could help provide enough support to pass the measure this week.
“My understanding is all but two Freedom Caucus members are yesses,” a GOP aide told the Washington Examiner.
Republicans revised an earlier proposal to attract more conservatives, but new provisions allowing states to waive Obamacare mandates have driven away some centrist GOP lawmakers who now threaten to prevent the bill from even making it to the floor for a vote.
Various sources calculate Republicans are now about a half-dozen votes short of the 216 they need for passage, and the leadership is unlikely to call a vote if there is any risk of support collapsing on the House floor, which is more likely when margins are close.
“A lot of your yesses are yesses who don’t want to be yesses,” the aide said, adding that the GOP leadership has sent the signal that, “they think they will get there,” and will ultimately hold a vote this week.
If they are half a dozen votes short, and they can’t sell these holdouts a bridge or a highway or something, then they are incompetent. They should just put it on the floor and see if Republicans will actually go on the record voting to save Obamacare. They’ll get the votes.