Moderate Republicans are frustrating Trump’s efforts to push the American Health Care Act through the House of Representatives. President Trump and the House leadership had not yet reached a deal as of 2p.m. on Thursday. According to sources privy to the details of the negotiations, the HFC wants assurance that more changes to the Obamacare are coming, rather than just a repeal. The President promised to burn up the phone lines for hours before House members are expected to register any official position. No effort will be spared to whip rebellious members into shape, especially with campaign promises on the line.
Even if the bill does manage to pass, the Senate revealed Thursday that they aren’t thrilled about it, either. Sen. Mike Lee, another conservative stalwart, told colleagues that he believes Senate reconciliation and budgetary rules would allow the Senate GOP to dig in deeper on Obamacare, perhaps even repeal major parts of the law—something the House bill fails to do.
Republicans don’t have a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, but some legislative measures—including budget reconciliation—could pass with a simple majority, adding yet another layer to what is already a contentious process.
So far, the vote has not been cancelled, likely because March 23 is the anniversary of Obamacare’s initial passage and Republicans also want it to be the day their reforms take root. But it’s looking less and less like the GOP will get their ultimate wish.