As was reported earlier, the House announced it will vote on the American Health Care Act on Thursday. While going through with a vote would necessarily imply Republicans have the necessary votes to pass the bill — a failure to pass tomorrow would be a huge embarrassment to the White House and House Republicans — many have wondered whether or not the votes are actually there.
Both Speaker Paul Ryan and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy insist they do indeed have the votes they need to send the bill to the Senate.
When asked if the House had the votes, the Majority Leader said a definitive “Yes, we have the votes.”
Passing a replacement to Obamacare through its first hurdle will mark a major step in not only fulfilling one of President Trump’s campaign promises but in the touted agenda of every sitting Republican in Congress.
Since Obamacare passed without a single Republican vote in 2010, Republicans ran on the promise of repealing and replacing Obamacare if given the necessary trifecta: the House, Senate, and White House.
While the AHCA is far from being a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, with the new amendments it at least takes a step in the right direction of reducing health care costs for most Americans.