Top House Republican Rodney Frelinghuysen of N.J. spoke Friday morning and announced that he plans to vote against the new healthcare law that would replace the Affordable Care Act(ACA).
This is a huge concern for Donald Trump and Paul Ryan, as they can’t afford to lose more than 22 votes. The reason this is concerning is due to the fact that Frelinghuysen is the chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Committee. Committee chairpersons usually vote in line with the House leadership – and indeed set the party line and help pull recalcitrant members on board.
“Seven years after enactment of Obamacare, I wanted to support legislation that made positive changes to rescue healthcare in America,” Frelinghuysen said in a statement.
“Unfortunately, the legislation before the House today is currently unacceptable as it would place significant new costs and barriers to care on my constituents in New Jersey,” he continued. “In addition to the loss of Medicaid coverage for so many people in my Medicaid-dependent state, the denial of essential health benefits in the individual market raise serious coverage and cost issues.”