RACE FOR THE HOUSE | PA-8 | VA-10 | PA-6 | NJ-7 | FL-27 | FL-26 | CA-10 | CO-6

Moderate Republicans Remain Unconvinced by New Repeal Plan

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

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)

What We're Following See More »
POLIQUIN STILL CHALLENGING RANKED-CHOICE VOTING
Poliquin Loses in Maine's 2nd District
9 hours ago
THE LATEST

"Democrat Jared Golden has defeated Maine Rep. Bruce Poliquin in the nation’s first use of ranked-choice voting for a congressional race, according to state election officials. The Democrat won just over 50 percent of the vote in round one of ranked-choice voting, meaning he’ll be the next congressman from the 2nd District unless Poliquin’s legal challenges to the voting system prevail. A Golden win in the 2nd District, which President Donald Trump carried in 2016, mean Democrats have picked up 35 seats in the House."

Source:
IF SHE AGREES TO RULES REFORMS
Republicans Could Back Pelosi in Speaker Vote
9 hours ago
THE LATEST

"Rep. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) said he and some other Republicans are committed to backing Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for Speaker if she agrees to enact a package of rule reforms. Reed, co-chair of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, said the growing frustration with gridlock, polarization and a top-heavy leadership approach in Congress are the reasons why several members in his party are willing to supply Pelosi with some Speaker votes in exchange for extracting an overhaul of the House rules." The caucus wants to fast-track any legislation with support of two-thirds of members, and require a supermajority to pass any legislation brought up under a closed rule.

Source:
FOLLOWS THE KINGDOM'S INDICTMENT OF 11 SUSPECTS
Administration Sanctions 17 Saudis Over Khashoggi Case
11 hours ago
THE LATEST
FOUR TWEETS OVER THREE HOURS
Trump Lashes Out at Mueller Investigation
11 hours ago
THE LATEST
RESTRICTS FLAVORED CIGARETTES, E-CIGS
FDA Cracks Down on Smoking Products
11 hours ago
THE DETAILS

"The Food and Drug Administration announced two major attacks on the tobacco industry Thursday, saying it will start the process to ban menthol in cigarettes and strictly limit sales of flavored e-cigarettes to youths." FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said the move is motivated by a 78 percent increase in e-cigarette use by high school students in the span of one year.

Source:
×
×

Welcome to National Journal!

You are currently accessing National Journal from IP access. Please login to access this feature. If you have any questions, please contact your Dedicated Advisor.

Login