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Moderate Republicans Remain Unconvinced by New Repeal Plan

Several vulnerable members who opposed the original AHCA still plan to vote no.

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Ally Mutnick
April 27, 2017, 11:14 a.m.

A new health care amend­ment, au­thored by Rep. Tom Ma­cAr­thur (R-NJ 03), has House Re­pub­lic­ans cau­tiously op­tim­ist­ic about re­peal­ing Obama­care. The new lan­guage would “would al­low states to ob­tain waivers to opt out of cer­tain fun­da­ment­al Obama­care pro­vi­sions if they demon­strate they could lower premi­ums, in­crease the num­ber of in­sured people, sta­bil­ize the in­sur­ance mar­ket or in­crease the num­ber of health plans offered.” (Politico)

But sev­er­al vul­ner­able Re­pub­lic­ans were loath to com­mit:

CA-10: Rep. Jeff Den­ham (R) said he will not sup­port the le­gis­la­tion. (Wash­ing­ton Post)

CO-06: Rep. Mike Coff­man (R) “who backed an earli­er ver­sion of the pro­pos­al, said he’s now un­de­cided.” (Politico)

FL-26: Rep. Car­los Cur­belo (R) “said he wants a ‘thor­ough ana­lys­is’ of the new meas­ure be­fore he de­cides.” (Wash­ing­ton Post)

FL-27: Rep. Ileana Ros-Le­htin­en (R) is against the bill. (Wash­ing­ton Post)

NJ-07: Rep. Le­onard Lance (R) said he’s still op­posed to the le­gis­la­tion: “I have al­ways cam­paigned on mak­ing sure that no one is denied cov­er­age based on pre-ex­ist­ing con­di­tion.” (AP)

PA-06: Rep. Ry­an Cos­tello (R), “who had pre­vi­ously in­dic­ated con­cerns about the bill, said he would have to think ‘long and hard’ about the new amend­ment and the change to let states get a waiver from some of the health care law’s most oner­ous re­quire­ments.” (Roll Call)

PA-08: Rep. Bri­an Fitzpatrick (R), who with­held sup­port from the last ver­sion of the health care re­peal, will again vote against this ver­sion. (Phil­adelphia In­quirer)

VA-10: Rep. Bar­bara Com­stock (R) said she will also vote against the new pro­pos­al. She was also op­posed to the pri­or ver­sion. (Wash­ing­ton Post)

ON THE IS­SUES. “Top Demo­crat­ic law­makers dis­missed the White House tax re­form pack­age that was an­nounced Wed­nes­day as a plan that would in­crease the budget de­fi­cit, and lower tax rates most ag­gress­ively for the wealthy.” (Wash­ing­ton Ex­am­iner)

“Amer­ic­an Bridge 21st Cen­tury Found­a­tion, an or­gan­iz­a­tion aligned with the Demo­crat­ic Party, is fund­ing an am­bi­tious plan aimed at bom­bard­ing voters with the mes­sage that Trump’s team is con­nec­ted to the Krem­lin. Their chal­lenge is con­vin­cing voters they should care at a time when the pub­lic is far more moved by pock­et­book is­sues than an al­leged scan­dal with little clear ef­fect on their lives.” (Mc­Clatchy)

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