New health care bill: The whip count so far


Last Updated May 3, 2017 12:50 PM EDT

President Trump met Wednesday with two Republicans who announced their opposition to the health care bill, Reps. Fred Upton, R-Michigan, and Billy Long, R-Missouri, as the White House and House GOP leadership try to secure enough support in the House. After the meeting, CBS News’ Nancy Cordes reports, Long now says he supports the bill, as does Upton.

Upton came armed with his own amendment, which aims to give more protections to those with pre-existing conditions by providing $8 billion additional funding over the next five years to help such consumers with their insurance premiums. Upton told reporters he supported the bill, with the inclusion of his amendment.  

The White House expects a vote on the new measure this week, but leadership has not yet locked down the votes for the new bill. Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, told reporters last week, “We’re going to go when we have the votes, but that’s the decision we’ll make when we have it.”

Rep. Leonard Lance, R-New Jersey, a member of the moderate Tuesday Group, said hat leadership knows that he opposes the bill and asked if there’s anything they could do to persuade him to reverse his position, he said,  “I don’t think so at this stage.”

“I’m a no, no, no, no, no, no, no,” said Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Florida, last Thursday.

“We’re a very heavily Medicaid dependent state. I have three counties that are over 30 percent. It’s bad on seniors. None of my health care providers, none of them, are even close to supporting them. There’s nobody in the district that likes it and too many people could be falling through the cracks. This doesn’t fix any of that,” Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-New Jersey, said. “I’m a definite no.”

The new piece of legislation also includes an amendment written by Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-New Jersey, a leader of the Tuesday Group. His plan would allow states to receive federal waivers for certain Obamacare coverage requirements in an effort to encourage “fair health insurance premiums.”

“It’ll come up when we have 216 votes in favor of it,” MacArthur told reporters last week.

The Freedom Caucus has endorsed the bill, providing a big boost to efforts to revive the measure.

There had been talk about bringing the bill to the floor for a vote as President Trump enters his 100th day in office on Saturday, but GOP leaders delayed the vote.

Republican leaders are still counting their votes, and urging members to support the latest version. The count below reflects where House GOP members stood after the MacArthur amendment, but in most cases, before Upton’s amendment.

The GOP can afford to lose only 22 Republican votes for the measure to pass. Here’s a list of the House Republicans who oppose the bill in its current form, confirmed by CBS:

  1. Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nevada
  2. Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Arizona
  3. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Washington
  4. Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Virginia
  5. Rep. Ryan Costello, R-Pennsylvania
  6. Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pennsylvania
  7. Rep. Jeff Denham, R-California
  8. Rep. Dan Donovan, R-New York
  9. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pennsylvania
  10. Rep. Walter Jones, North Carolina
  11. Rep. John Katko, R-New York
  12. Rep. Leonard Lance, R-New Jersey
  13. Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-New Jersey
  14. Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Kentucky
  15. Rep. Patrick Meehan, R-Pennsylvania
  16. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Florida
  17. Rep. Chris Smith, R-New Jersey
  18. Rep. Daniel Webster, R-Florida
  19. Rep. David Young, R-Iowa  

Reported by Catherine Reynolds by Catherine Reynolds, Rebecca Shabad and Rebecca Kaplan.

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