House to hold vote on GOP health care bill Thursday

"Trump and Republicans will own every preventable death, every untreated illness and every bankruptcy that American families will be forced to bear if this bill becomes law and millions lose access to affordable care", he said in a statement.

"We need you, man.' I said 'You don't have me, '" Long told reporters at the White House, describing an extended back-and-forth with Trump over what it would take for Long to back the bill.

The 309-118 vote on Wednesday now sends the legislation to the Senate, local media reports said.

DAVIS: They believe they do.

House Republican leaders have expressed confidence the bill would pass and several party moderates who previously objected to it got behind it on Wednesday, giving the effort new momentum.

It now appears a compromise has been reached that will get the Republicans to 216 votes in the House, though getting the AHCA through the Senate will be a tall order.

Pelosi said that if Republicans pass "Trumpcare" millions will lose health coverage. One Republican did not cast a vote. Fred Upton, R-Mich., and Billy Long, R-Mo. He's a Republican from MI, and he has a fair amount of health care expertise.

The $8 billion for Upton's plan was the latest infusion of money into this GOP measure, along with $15 billion extra that was added last month, plus a $130 billion "state stability fund" to help with insurance costs for consumers. And in the past, high-risk pools have been very expensive, and they've not done a very good job of providing coverage for sick people. "We're gonna pass it". The Congressional Budget Office is scrambling to analyze the bill before tomorrow's vote. What kind of political pressure did they face to turn this around?

In a Twitter comment, Trump blamed the result of his first fight over federal spending on lawmaking rules in the Senate, where Republicans hold a 52-48 majority.

The difficulty in the House is now making Democrats optimistic that Republicans will face backlash from voters and face losing seats in the 2018 midterm elections. Trump tweeted before voting began.

The overall bill would cut Medicaid, repeal tax boosts on higher-earning people, eliminate ObamaCare's fines on people who don't buy insurance and give many of them smaller federal subsidies.

SIEGEL: What prospects would this have there?

"Today is a big day but it is just one step in the process", said Ryan. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated in March that the GOP bill would end coverage for 24 million people over a decade.

Ryan pulled the plug on a March 24 vote as conservatives opposed the bill for not fully repealing Obama's law and GOP moderates considered its cuts too severe. And Mitch McConnell has an even slimmer margin of error than the speaker does. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, also seemed confident that the bill would pass.

"We've already debated a large portion of this".

DAVIS: No, there's a long way to go.

The bill has also generated outrage due to the The MacArthur-Meadows amendment, proposed by New Jersey State Representative Tom MacArthur, which permits states to refuse health care coverage for certain pre-existing conditions, including: postpartum depression, cesarean sections, surviving domestic violence and even rape.

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