Approve the American Health Care Act today or President Donald Trump will move on to other priorities. That’s the message the administration gave Republicans in the House of Representatives during a closed-door meeting Thursday night.
— Steve Pearce (@RepStevePearce) March 23, 2017
No one knows whether Trump’s threat to leave Obamacare in place is a negotiation tactic to get House conservatives on board or a true threat. But after the House delayed the vote yesterday because they did not have the votes to pass their plan, the president has lost patience.
The largest bloc of Republicans objecting to the bill is the House Freedom Caucus, a group of the most conservative members of the House. They were responsible for pushing out former Speaker of the House John Boehner he was not conservative enough for their liking. They presently would like to see the repeal of the Affordable Care Act extended to include the removal of Essential Health Benefits, which include popular provisions like mental health treatment, maternity care, and prescription drug coverage.
However, ending popular parts of health care coverage could push more moderate Republicans to vote no on the bill, and would
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