Republicans struggle to find the necessary votes to pass their bill to replace and repair Obamacare. As it stands, just 1 or 2 more “no” votes from Republican members would sink the bill.
The Republican bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare appears to lack sufficient votes to pass the House, despite hopes from GOP leaders and the White House that it might be approved by the lower chamber this week.
According to The Hill’s whip list, 21 Republicans oppose the bill — the maximum number of GOP defections that can be afforded — assuming every Democrat also votes against it.
The latest Republican to announce his opposition is Rep. Billy Long (Mo.), a staunch conservative who often says he was “Tea Party before Tea Party was cool.”
He told The Hill he wouldn’t support the bill because of the impact it could have on people with pre-existing conditions.