Republicans in ‘fight’ over health care bill
A House Republican leadership aide told The Hill the GOP is in a “fight” over how to handle the legislation’s insurance subsidies and how to treat the individual mandate.
Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., is pushing a House vote on the bill next week, with the bill’s insurance mandate being the main focus.
“We need to make sure we do it properly, we do not allow this bill to go to the floor without it,” Scalise said.
“I think we’re in a fight, and I’m very confident that we can work it out.”
On Thursday, Trump suggested he may have changed his mind on how to proceed on the health care measure.
“He said he wanted it changed.
I said he wants to go forward,” Trump said.”
He has to go ahead and vote for it, but he will get a vote on it,” Trump added.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said the legislation is “fraught with serious flaws.”
The bill “requires massive government subsidies to cover more people, and it does not adequately cover people with preexisting conditions, and even more, people with pre-existing conditions, who can’t afford insurance,” Pelosi said.
Trump has promised to bring the legislation to the House floor next week.
“The American people are asking for a plan that will keep them safe,” he tweeted on Thursday.
“This is the first step in that process.
We must pass this bill in order to fulfill our promises to the American people and to help save millions of lives.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters Thursday that the House will vote on a vote next week on the legislation.