Republicans Hurrying To Vote On Obamacare Repeal On Thursday

WASHINGTON D.C. (CBS13) — After one failed attempt, President Trump takes another shot at repealing and replacing Obamacare. Wednesday, two key republicans revived the bill after it stalled for weeks in Washington. A vote is expected in the House on Thursday.

That vote would take place before the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has a chance to weigh in on the proposal.

The ‘repeal and replace’ movement has taken on new life in the house of representatives. A vote is now expected Thursday on a revised health care bill, a day after it won the support of two influential republican moderates, Billy Long and Fred Upton.

Rep. Billy Long, R-Missouri said, “We’re both yesses on the bill.”

Both had objected to language concerning pre-existing medical conditions. Both changed their minds after meeting with President Trump.

Rep. Fred Upton (R-Michigan) said, “I told him I could not support the bill as it was then moving through the rules committee without added protections for those with preexisting illnesses.”

The president and other GOP leaders agreed to make changes. They added an amendment that would set aside $8 billion dollars over five years to help people pay for so-called high-risk insurance. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called the revised bill an attempt to ‘dupe’ the public.

Pelosi said, “What you would need is probably about $200 billion over 10 years. What they’ve done is $8 billion over five years. If you divide that by the number of people who have a pre-existing medical condition, you get about $200 or 300 a year.”

But the White House says the current health care law is already failing those people.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said, “… If you have a pre-existing condition, and you have a card that says Obamacare, but no one will see you or you can’t afford it, then you don’t have coverage.”

The bill needs 216 yes votes to get through the house. From there, it would still have to pass the senate.

A nationwide protest of all Republican lawmakers planning to vote ‘yes’ on the bill is planned for Thursday, including one at Rep. Tom McClintock’s office in Roseville.

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  1. The republicans have had eight years to come up with an alternative and in many cases we were told they had one, yet when it comes time to @!$%# or get off the pot they walk away constipated.

    UNDER OBAMA:
    -Lowered unemployment 35.89% (down 50.50% since 2009 peak caused by the Bush recession)
    -Has a record 70 straight months of added jobs (broke all time record 17 times)
    -2014 was America’s best year of job growth since 1999
    -Veteran Unemployment Falls To 9-Year Low
    -Health insurance cheaper than ever ($85/month thanks to Obamacare)
    -Car insurance cheaper than ever ($25/month from Insurance Panda)
    -Black unemployment falls to 9-year low
    -Obama on pace to have the most private sector jobs created in any single Presidential term EVER
    -Job openings up 81%
    -Most job openings since 2000
    -16 million jobs created
    -NET 9.2 million jobs (Bush was NET 1 million in 8 years)
    -Unemployment Benefits Applications Fall To 42-Year Low (lowest since 1973)

    This is all the while republicans continue to moan about Benghazi, block any and all immigration reform attempts, and take any chance to vote to repeal Obamacare.

    1. If you see “Insurance Panda” in a post , you know it’s spam.
      That company hires people to write fake comments and bury an advertisement within them.

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