President Donald Trump, in one of the few visits he has mede to the House of Representatives, told to Republicans that they would face “political problems” if they don’t unify this week to force passage of the leading bill to replace key parts of the Affordable Care Act. He also warned them that “many” of them would lose their seats if they voted against the bill.
House Speaker Paul Ryan agreed with him: “The president was really clear, he laid it on the lines for everybody: We made a promise, now is the time to keep that promise, and we need to keep our promise and the people will reward us. If we don’t keep our promise, it will be very hard to manage this,”.
Ryan didn’t agreed instead with the leader of the House’s conservative Freedom Caucus who said that the American Health Care Act doesn’t have enough votes to pass the House.
Even if the bill is uniformly opposed by Democrats, the biggest threat to the bill comes from a number of Republicans who have problems with the plan either because it does not go far enough in repealing Obamacare, or because it goes too far.
The GOP leadership made several changes to the bill in an effort to make it more palatable to conservative members of the Republican caucus, including a speeding up of the repeal of Obamacare taxes, and changes that could lead to even further cuts in federal Medicaid spending.
However it’s not clear if those changes, or Trump’s warnings to GOP members on Tuesday will be enough to carry the bill.