BREAKING NEWS: Health Care Bill Not To Get House Vote–And Here Is Why
House leaders have canceled a planned Thursday night vote on a Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, according to a GOP source. There was no immediate word when the vote might happen.
There is just no way to pick this one up from the clean end. Politico reports the following as to why the measure failed to get to the floor
Let’s talk math. There are 237 House Republicans, and 215 need to support the health-care bill. (There are five vacancies and one Democrat will be missing). That means they can lose 22 votes.
— HERE IS A LIST OF 14 CURRENT NO VOTES OUTSIDE THE FREEDOM CAUCUS : Reps. Ted Budd (N.C.), Jaime Herrera Beutler (Wash.), Rick Crawford (Ark.), Charlie Dent (Pa.), Dan Donovan (N.Y.), Walter Jones (N.C.), John Katko (N.Y.), Leonard Lance (N.J.), Frank LoBiondo (N.J.), Thomas Massie (Ky.), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Fla.), Chris Smith (N.J.), Rob Wittman (Va.), and David Young (Iowa). (h/t Kyle Cheney)
… SO THAT MEANS: They can lose only eight more votes. Here are a bunch of lawmakers in the Freedom Caucus that sound pretty firmly against the bill: Reps. Justin Amash (Mich.), Mo Brooks (Ala.), Tom Garrett (Va.), Louie Gohmert (Texas), Raul Labrador (Idaho) and Ted Yoho (Fla.). (h/t Matt Fuller). Many more sound skeptical.