“It won’t lower premiums, and until it does, I’m going to be a ‘no,’ even if it sends me home,” Republican Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina said yesterday about the coming vote on the GOP’s American Health Care Act. Meadows, the leader of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, made the comment after he and other GOP holdouts met with President Trump yesterday, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Trump is going all-out to sell the legislation, which the House is expected to vote on tomorrow. The president warned that failure to pass the act will mean that those Republican legislators who voted against it will most likely lose in the 2018 midterm elections. House Democrats are expected to vote unanimously against the act.
Several lawmakers who attended the meeting told the newspaper that Trump said that, “I’m afraid you’re going to blow it’’ to the legislators.
If conservative GOP representatives defy Trump, they may draw the ire of some core constituencies. The pro-life National Right to Life Committee favors the bill and says it will keep tabs on who votes for or against. The AHCA includes a one-year ban on funding to Planned Parenthood. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce also vows to hold accountable those who vote against.
“But Heritage Action, the political arm of the conservative Heritage Foundation, says it wants lawmakers to withhold support, because the bill fails to strip many of the ACA’s insurance requirements that they believe have driven up premiums,” the newspaper reports.
Source: Wall Street Journal