New Health Care Bill Vote in House Scheduled for Thursday

Upton's defection was significant because until a year ago, he was chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over much of health-care policy, and he has been a staunch supporter of Obamacare repeal.

But the latest amendment - drafted by Upton and Long - includes an additional $8 billion to help cover insurance payments for those with pre-existing conditions, the Times said.

A member who is leaning "yes" on the revised bill said he thought the chances of a vote this week were "50-50".

The House plans to vote Thursday on the GOP bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.

The bill is expected to pass by a narrow margin due to a number of members expressing concerns it doesn't do enough to protect people with pre-existing conditions.

The revamped healthcare legislation took a hit on Tuesday when Upton said he would not support the measure. "We need to make sure that the people who are supposed to represent us, people who are meeting about this right now in Washington, understand that very clearly".

The latest iteration of the GOP bill would let states escape a requirement under Obama's law that insurers charge healthy and seriously ill customers the same rates.

The American Medical Association and 10 other major medical groups, such as the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society, have come out strongly against the amended bill.

He added that he believes the latest revisions "tinker at the edges without remedying the fundamental failing of the bill - that millions of Americans will lose their health insurance as a direct result of this proposal".

If the GOP bill became law, congressional analysts estimate that 24 million more Americans would be uninsured by 2026, including 14 million by next year.

"After years of partisan bickering and gridlock, this bill is a clear win for the American people", Trump said, citing the Pentagon and border money. It's a good bill.

"High-risk pools are not a new idea", AMA President Andrew W. Gurman said in a statement Wednesday. Lindsey Graham of SC.

White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus told Gloria Borger he is "optimistic" about the outcome.

The House has passed a $1.1 trillion bill to fund the government through the end of September, the first significant piece of bipartisan legislation of Donald Trump's presidency. Despite his complaints, Trump has promised to sign it.

Trump has been pushing for a House vote on the health care bill this week before the House begins a two-week recess Thursday.

"Forcing a vote without a CBO [Congressional Budget Office] score shows that Republicans are terrified of the public learning the full consequences of their plan to push Americans with pre-existing conditions into the cold". They've come up with a new and improved version of the original that is not that much better than the original. And assuming that happens, the two bodies will then have to work out a bill they can ultimately agree on, something that could be quite hard when the right-wing dominated House has taken so long to reach a fragile agreement. A wafer-thin margin seemed likely, thanks to opposition expected from every Democrat and more than a dozen Republicans plus lobbying against the bill by the AARP seniors organization, doctors, hospitals and patients' groups.

If the bill does pass the House, it will be kicked to the Senate, where the hope is that more moderate Republicans will do what they can to make it less of an unmitigated disaster for the sick and the poor in this country, according to NBC News.

That earlier collapse was a humiliating episode that raised questions about House Speaker Paul Ryan's leadership and the GOP's ability to govern at all. Ryan is eager to avoid a rerun and has said repeatedly he will not schedule a vote until passage is assured. It was pulled from the House floor for lack of support only minutes before a scheduled vote in March. The Associated Press estimated that 21 Republican lawmakers now oppose it.

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