Today the House will finally and at last vote on a bill to repeal (sort of) and replace (ugh) Obamacare. Dubbed Trumpcare or Ryancare, depending on whether or not you’re trying to help Donald Trump pretend he has nothing to do with it, the American Health Care Act vote will not be the final say as legislation still has to get through the Senate … an iffy proposition.
There is some doubt it will pass. A lot of Reps, particularly (but not exclusively), for the House Freedom Caucus stand opposed on the grounds that it carries too much Obamacare baggage forward and doesn’t make enough changes.
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) March 22, 2017
“There is no Plan B. There’s Plan A and Plan A. We’re going to get this done. That’s it, plain and simple,” said Sean Spicer yesterday as the administration, which has been 100% all-in on this bill, tried throughout the day both to project confidence and shore up votes. But after meetings yesterday, the doubt remained.
Even last minute, additional tweaks left the Freedom Caucus cold. “Nothing has changed,” they said.
The Koch brothers are reportedly millions and millions of dollars against. After opposing this particular bill through their various political groups, the Kochs have pledged big campaign funding for candidates in 2018 races who vote against.
Pass or fail, this is going to be a nail-biter.
We’re going to have live coverage here at RedState. The day starts early today so get your coffee.