House Representatives were told today that they would have to vote on Thursday on a revised copy of the American Healthcare Act (AHCA).
This is somewhat of a critical moment, considering healthcare reform was one of the many reasons President Trump won. However, he had left the bill to Paul Ryan, who couldn’t gather enough republican support, so the bill had to be pulled.
This new development is largely in thanks to House Freedom Caucus chairman Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), who negotiated a revised copy of the bill and put it on the table, along with co-chair, Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ).
The announcement comes after a tumultuous process for the bill, which has seen previously scheduled votes pulled after Speaker Paul Ryan failed to accumulate enough Republican support on prior attempts to pass the bill.
House Freedom Caucus chairman Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) stepped up and helped negotiate, with Tuesday Group co-chairman Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ), a revised version of the bill–dubbed the MacArthur amendment–that revived the effort and collected presumably enough Republican votes to pass the bill.
Meadows’ efforts in no small part seem to have succeeded where Ryan failed, rallying his House Republican colleagues behind a years-long campaign promise to repeal and replace Obamacare–despite the fact this bill doesn’t constitute a full repeal of the previous president’s signature law.
Vice President Mike Pence, White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, and others have worked alongside congressional Republicans, especially Meadows–who has emerged as a force in the negotiating process so strong some have begun calling him the acting speaker of the House in the wake of Ryan’s failures–to bring the new bill to the brink of passage.
Vice President Mike Pence visited the Capitol building Wednesday afternoon to reassure lawmakers about the Obamacare repeal bill.