President Donald Trump has been on the receiving end of several legislative beat downs in his first 100 days, not the least of which revolved around his promise to repeal and replace Obamacare.
While Obamacare has already proven to be a massive disaster for Americans of all shapes and sizes, there has been unwarranted trepidation on the part of congress to swiftly and completely dismantle the program. Beyond the scope of the original legislation making it a beastly and enormous enemy to tackle, there are growing concerns that some congressional republicans have been stalling and stifling the process due to a shortcoming of confidence in certain aspects of their leadership; namely, House Speaker Paul Ryan.
Late Wednesday, however, news broke that a healthcare vote would be occurring on Thursday in Washington D.C., and that the republicans are confident in their ability to move the needle this time around.
“An eleventh-hour deal renewed momentum for House Republicans working to repeal and replace Obamacare, as leaders Wednesday furiously lobby undecided or skeptical lawmakers on the plan that has been teetering on the brink of collapse.“House leaders have made clear that if everything goes their way, their preference is to have a vote Thursday. But they won’t call a vote unless they believe it will pass.“Vice President Mike Pence is on Capitol Hill. Members have been walking in and out of the speaker’s office all day.“The change in mood comes after GOP Reps. Fred Upton and Billy Long met with President Donald Trump at the White House and flipped their votes from ‘no’ to ‘yes.’ Trump committed to backing an amendment spending $8 billion over five years to fund high-risk pools and go toward patients with pre-existing conditions.“The new ‘yes’ votes mark an incremental but symbolically important victory for the White House and Republican leaders, who have been trying without success for weeks to revive a health care bill that was pulled from the House floor in March.”