House Will Hold Vote on GOP Health Care Plan Thursday

Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy says they have the votes to pass it
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 3, 2017 6:48 PM CDT
House to Vote on Health Care Repeal Thursday
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 2, 2017.   (Cliff Owen)

House Republicans will vote on a bill to repeal major portions of ObamaCare. That's the word Wednesday night from Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who told reporters "yes" when asked if they have sufficient votes. Leaders have spent days scrambling to round up the votes for their legislation, the AP reports.

If the bill passes, it would be a major win for President Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan after GOP opposition forced them to abruptly pull the bill in March. The latest iteration of the GOP bill would let states escape a current requirement that insurers charge healthy and seriously ill customers the same rates. That's a major problem for moderate Republicans, but the announcement of a vote signaled that leadership believes the measure will pass. (More health care stories.)

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