In the wake of President Trump’s ultimatum to vote or be “stuck with Obamacare” concerning the American Health Care Act (AHCA) yesterday, the House is poised to vote on whether to pass the Bill this afternoon. But the outlook is grim for the Act’s supporters, according to CNN.
It is projected that no more than 21 Republicans can vote against the Bill or it will not pass, considering that no Democrats are expected to vote in favor.
Much of the dissent is due to the Congressional Budget Office’s calculations that 24 million Americans would lose coverage by 2026. The new Bill also includes many of Obamacare’s “essential benefits,” including maternity and mental health, that the House Freedom Caucus is staunchly against.
Further, many Republican representatives are getting fed up with the back and forth. Rep. Bradley Byrne of Alabama stated:
I think the window for making decisions is rapidly closing. We need a vote or go home.
Time will tell whether the AHCA passes, but as of now, it looks like Obamacare might be here to stay.