Undecided GOP rep: Healthcare bill still a few votes short

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Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said early Wednesday that he thinks the House GOP healthcare proposal is still a few votes short of the number needed to pass.

During an interview on CNN’s “New Day,” King, who is undecided on the healthcare measure, was asked if he thinks there will be a vote on healthcare this week.

In response, King said he thinks it is a “complete toss of the coin.”

“I think they’re holding four to six votes short of what they need to go on the floor,” he said.

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“And I don’t know how soft some of those votes that are sitting on the balance are, but that’s my prediction. It’s just going to be a toss of the coin on whether they will or whether they won’t.”

King said during the interview he moved his whip announcement last week to “undecided.”

“It’s a result of these negotiations that have to do with the essential health benefits that throws us back into the lap of the 50 states for them to fight over what they want to do,” he said.

“They have the full authority to pass any legislation to overwrite any mandates into health insurance that they like, so there’s no reason for the federal government to stay in the health insurance business.”

The revised GOP healthcare bill includes an amendment that would allow states apply for a waiver for two ObamaCare rules that mandate insurance plans cover certain medical services, such as prescription drugs and mental health, and that prevent insurers from charging premiums based on customers’ health, which is often referred to as protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

Source: The Hill

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