On Tuesday, President Trump spoke to Republicans in a closed-door meeting at the Capitol to discuss the matter of repealing and replacing Obamacare.
According to inside sources, Trump warned GOP members that they risk losing their seats, as well as the House majority. Trump’s claim is that “many of will lose in 2018” if the current healthcare system is not changed.
Trump even told lawmakers that a failed vote would be embarrassing for the GOP. Furthermore, Trump specifically called out Freedom Caucus chairman Mark Meadows of North Carolina, who has told supporters he will rally Republicans to block the legislation:
“I think Mark Meadows will get there, too. … Because, honestly, a loss is not acceptable, folks. Oh, Mark, I’m coming after you. I hope Mark will be with us in the end.”
“He told us if we don’t pass this bill on Thursday, it will put everything in jeopardy that he wants to do … his agenda,” Rep. John Duncan of Tennessee revealed to The Hill.
If the newly proposed American Health Care Act manages to pass in the House on Thursday, it will then head to the Senate for a vote.
Sources say many of the attending Republicans were unconvinced by Trump’s private speech rallying them to get behind the legislation. “I’m still a ‘no’ because the bill we’re currently considering does not lower premiums for the vast majority of Americans,” Meadows told reporting media.
H/T: The Hill
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