Freedom Caucus leader says Paul Ryan still doesn’t have the votes for health bill, even with the amendments

Residence Speaker Paul Ryan is making concessions on his Obamacare substitute plan to win Republican votes, however it nonetheless won’t be enough.

On Monday night, Ryan proposed supervisor’s amendments to the American Properly being Care Act, three days sooner than the bill is scheduled for a vote on the Residence floor. The amendments would, if adopted by the Pointers Committee, make harsher cuts to Medicaid, create a model new reserve fund for older Folks’ tax credit score, and extra velocity up the repeal of Obamacare’s taxes on the rich. Put merely, the target is to attract enough conservative lawmakers to go the bill on the Residence floor.

Ryan’s group says the amendments put them hundreds nearer to the 216 votes the Residence should go the bill on to the Senate. Nonetheless just a few of the bill’s biggest conservative critics are nonetheless saying it’s a no-go.

Residence administration has acknowledged the properly being bill shouldn’t be going to go together with out further help from the chamber’s most conservative members. Nevertheless it absolutely seems even with these tweaks, AHCA continues to be being considered “Obamacare 2.0” — and that merely gained’t win their votes.

Freedom Caucus leaders say Ryan nonetheless doesn’t have the votes

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), who chairs the chamber’s ultra-conservative Freedom Caucus, and Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI), knowledgeable reporters on Thursday that the bill nonetheless gained’t muster enough conservative votes.

Meadows & Amash have every knowledgeable me w/ full confidence that the GOP Obamacare substitute bill gained't have enough votes no matter Ryan's changes

— Haley Byrd (@byrdinator) March 21, 2017

"There are some small tweaks that are good tweaks, but there's not substantial changes in the manager's amendment that would make anybody be more compelled to vote for this," Meadows knowledgeable the Hill. "I don't think that the bill will pass without substantial changes." He added that he felt negotiations were over.

The amendments are a clear rightward shift for the bill, meeting some conservative requires on Medicaid and Obamacare’s taxes. Nonetheless Meadows and Amash are echoing the emotions of in all probability essentially the most conservative factions of the Republican Celebration, which say it’s not enough. On Monday afternoon, Dan Holler, vice chairman of the conservative advocacy group Heritage Movement for America, which has been openly essential of Ryan’s bill, acknowledged in an e mail that “the manager's amendment will be insufficient unless it deals with Obamacare's regulatory architecture.”

Amash tweeted along the same lines, saying that whereas Ryan has made some tweaks, “[t]hey haven't changed the bill's general framework. They don't have the votes to pass it. They have seriously miscalculated.”

Clearly Ryan’s changes don’t go far enough for some in his caucus.

.@RepLouBarletta tells me he is a NO on AHCA..was a "lean No" remaining week. Requested if he's hopeful he can help it by Thurs, "I'm still a No"

— Al Weaver (@alweaver22) March 20, 2017

Ryan’s negotiations look like a step within the appropriate course

There was some success inside the negotiations up to now. Rep. Gary Palmer (R-AL) acknowledged he would now vote in favor of the bill, after voting in opposition to it in committee remaining week. (He had useful together with work requirements for able-bodied grownup Medicaid enrollees, which Ryan’s modification comprises.)

And the entire Republican representatives from New York, apart from one, have moreover signed on, attributable to a selected provision proposed by Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) that may help cease Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) from passing off new Medicaid costs onto the state’s counties.

Important: All NY Republicans now anticipated to vote for AHCA apart from Katko, per Collins. Katko knowledgeable Collins he promised voters full alternate.

— Steven Dennis (@StevenTDennis) March 21, 2017

Ryan and Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) nonetheless have three days to steer the bill’s skeptics to vote for the legal guidelines.

Vox is preserving monitor of the House whip count here.