Debate For AHCA Begins, Future of the Bill in Doubt
It has been a tumultuous 24-hours for the American Health Care Act. The week began with new provisions added to the healthcare bill to secure the votes of conservatives in preparation for a vote on Thursday. The Thursday vote never came after hours of negotiations and is expected to at 3:30 PM Friday.
It is now being reported that Republicans lack the votes needed for the bill to pass through the House of Representatives, and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan told as much to President Trump in the White House.
While the vote has not taken place yet, and the outcome is not set in stone, and is possible that President Trump’s late night declaration that it’s the AHCA, or they are stuck with ACA – a law they have questioned and campaigned against for seven years – may have had an effect on the lawmakers.
“We’ll see what happens,” Trump said.
What this means for the future of the ACA is still up in the air. Trump has said he will move on to other issues – like tax reform – if the bill does not pass today. Some member
“If it doesn’t pass, this issue is dead,” said Representative Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), a supporter of the bill. “This is the one shot.”
As the bill goes to vote, we will be sure to bring you the latest information as we receive it.