House votes to begin debate on healthcare bill; six Republicans defect

(The Hill) The House voted to begin debate on the GOP’s healthcare plan Friday, paving the way for a cliffhanger vote in the afternoon. 

Lawmakers voted largely along party lines 230-194 to adopt parameters for floor debate.

Six Republicans voted against the rule, an unusually high number. Lawmakers typically do not break ranks on procedural votes, which are viewed as a referendum on how leadership is managing the floor. 

Among the Republicans who voted against the rule were Reps. Justin Amash (Mich.), Thomas Massie (Ky.) and Walter Jones (N.C.). All three voted Thursday night against invoking what is known as "martial law" rule to speed the legislation to the floor.

Lawmakers typically stick with their party on the rules votes even if they plan to vote against the underlying legislation.

The rule stipulates that floor debate on the healthcare legislation will last four hours, with time equally divided between Republicans and Democrats.

That sets up a likely vote around 4 p.m. or 5 p.m.

Republicans are moving at a rapid pace to vote on the healthcare measure after President Trump delivered an ultimatum late Thursday night amid a sagging whip count.

The Hill’s whip list shows around 30 Republicans planning to vote against the bill. That’s more than the maximum of 22 defections GOP leaders can afford and have the bill still pass.

GOP leaders and the White House are hoping that the prospect of the bill failing will flip votes into the “yes” column as the day progresses.

The House voted late Thursday night to waive a requirement that lawmakers wait a day before considering a measure produced out of the Rules Committee, which determines how bills are considered on the floor.

The waiver allows the House to take up anything approved out of the Rules Committee within hours. It’s a move typically reserved for tight deadlines, like avoiding a government shutdown, rather than sweeping legislation like the GOP plan to overhaul the nation’s healthcare system.

Four Republicans voted against fast-tracking the process Thursday night, all of whom plan to vote against the underlying healthcare plan:  Amash, Massie, Jones and Rep. David Young (Iowa).

The House Rules Committee approved a measure early Friday morning inserting changes to the legislation, along with the rules for floor debate.  

Among other provisions, the changes would eliminate ObamaCare’s minimum requirements for insurance coverage in an attempt to win over conservatives. The essential health benefits include things like maternity care, outpatient services and hospitalization.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has not had time to issue a new analysis of how the GOP’s legislation would affect the healthcare system and almost certainly won’t be able to do so before the House vote on Friday. 

The CBO did issue an updated analysis on Thursday that found earlier changes would to the bill still result in premium increases and 24 million more uninsured people in the next decade. That analysis found the bill would provide less deficit reduction, mostly because ObamaCare’s taxes would be repealed immediately.

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House votes to begin debate on ObamaCare repeal bill
The House voted to begin debate on the GOP’s healthcare plan Friday, paving the way for a cliffhanger vote in the afternoon.
Lawmakers voted largely along party lines 230-194 to adopt parameters for floor debate and late amendments to the legislation.

The floor debate on the legislation will last four hours, with time equally divided between Republicans and Democrats. That sets up a likely vote around 4 p.m. or 5 p.m.
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The Hill’s Whip List — 34 GOP noes as vote nears for ObamaCare bill
House Republicans are heading to a Friday vote on their ObamaCare repeal-and-replace legislation.

A vote had been planned for Thursday, the seventh anniversary of ObamaCare becoming law. But GOP leaders appeared to be short of the 215 votes they needed and delayed the vote.

Late Thursday, President Trump delivered an ultimatum to conservatives who had demanded changes to the bill, telling them to get on board. Trump said if the bill did not pass the House on Friday, he would leave ObamaCare in place and move on to other priorities.

GOP leaders cannot afford more than 22 defections in the House. The Hill’s latest Whip List shows 34 Republicans opposing the bill with another nine leaning no.

Here's the most up-to-date list of where GOP lawmakers stand on the repeal and replace legislation.
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I guess we wait until ObamaCare explodes and House Democrats, especially in the blue states Trump won, seek to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

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Joe Biden Vows: Give Taxpayer-Funded Obamacare To All Illegal Aliens In U.S.

Former Vice President and 2020 Democrat presidential primary candidate Joe Biden is vowing to give Obamacare, funded by American taxpayers, to all 11 to 22 million illegal aliens living in the United States.

During an interview with Telemundo’s Jose Diaz-Balart, Biden forgot that Obamacare technically bans illegal aliens from enrolling in healthcare plans — although illegal aliens are still able to obtain subsidized and free healthcare at Americans’ expense — and promised that under his plan, all 11 to 22 million illegal aliens would be able to get Obamacare.

The exchange went as follows:

DIAZ-BALART: When I … NBC moderated that first debate with you, I didn’t … I don’t recall a clear answer, under your plan should … would the 11, 12 million undocumented immigrants that live in the United States, that have been here many for generations, would they have access …

BIDEN: Yes.

DIAZ-BALART: — to health insurance.

BIDEN: Yes, they … if they can buy into the system like everybody else.

DIAZ-BALART: Because you know, in [Obamacare] they can’t.

BIDEN: Yeah. Yeah, I know. Well they can, that’s my point. They continue to be able to do that.

DIAN-BALART: They cannot under the ObamaCare.

BIDEN: Well and that’s my point, they will though. They will be able to buy into … [illegal aliens] would be able to buy in, just like anyone else could.

Biden joins Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg — among other 2020 Democrats — in committing to forcing American taxpayers to pay for healthcare for illegal aliens who arrive in the U.S.

Already, due to loopholes, American taxpayers are spending nearly $20 billion every year to provide illegal aliens with subsidized healthcare, emergency room visits, and other health services.

Under the 2020 Democrats’ plan to provide taxpayer-funded healthcare to all illegal aliens living in the U.S., Americans would be billed potentially $660 billion every decade just to cover the costs. Other research has found that the plan would cost Americans at least $23 billion every year.

As Breitbart News has reported, experts have said that giving taxpayer-funded healthcare to effectively all foreign nationals who can make it to America’s borders would drive “strong incentives for people with serious health problems to enter the country or remain longer than their visas allow in order to get government-funded care.”

Despite 2020 Democrats’ continued push for taxpayer-funded healthcare for illegal aliens, American voters are overwhelmingly opposed to the plan. The latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News survey revealed that the healthcare-for-illegal-aliens plan is the least popular policy position, with opposition from 62 percent of U.S. voters.

Similarly, a CNN poll from July discovered that 63 percent of likely swing voters oppose providing healthcare to illegal aliens, along with nearly 6-in-10 of all likely U.S. voters and 61 percent of moderates. A Rasmussen Reports survey also found that likely voters, by a majority of 55 percent, oppose giving healthcare to even the most low-income illegal aliens.

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