After eight years of railing against the Affordable Care Act, dozens of toothless repeal votes, and weeks of struggling to put together a viable alternative despite controlling every lever of government, Republicans in Congress said Wednesday that they have finally secured the votes needed to pass their own health care overhaul.
The final bill text has not been released to the public or to lawmakers, and there has been no independent analysis of the cost or impact on health coverage. Yet the House will forge ahead with a vote this week.
The clincher appears to be an amendment proposed by Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) that provides an additional $8 billion over five years for states to subsidize high-risk insurance pools for people with pre-existing conditions. Upton shocked GOP leaders by coming out against the bill this week, as did staunch Trump ally Rep. Billy Long (R-MO), but the votes of the two influential members were won back with the $8 billion amendment.