Republican lawmakers left the White House this afternoon after meeting with Donald Trump without reaching a deal that would allow them to support an ObamaCare repeal-and-replace bill set for a vote later this Thursday.
Things aren’t looking so good for Republicans as they appear to fall short from the 215 votes they’ll need to be able to repeal the healthcare law known as the Affordable Care Act(ACA).
House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) told reporters on Capitol Hill that “there are not enough votes” to pass the bill.
Although the lawmakers leaving the White House seemed hopeful, they still didn’t make any steps forward in moving towards repealing Obamacare.
“Nothing new was agreed upon,” said Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.)
He added the group will “go back and consider our options.”
According to The Hill, Republicans need 215 votes to win passage, meaning they can afford 22 defections, but five dozen members are either planning to vote no, leaning against the bill or uncertain of how they vote. And 30 members of the list are no votes
South Carolina Rep. Jeff Duncan spoke with The Hill about the meeting with Trump.
“He was very gracious, he laid out his points but no firm decision has been made by those in the room,” Duncan said.
“And he didn’t ask us, he didn’t get on the table and ask us for that. He asked us to seriously consider the position we are in.”
Arizona Rep. Trent Franks stated that the meeting didn’t change his mind.
“One tragedy of all of this is that ObamaCare was put into place by all Democrats and now Republicans, in trying our best to alleviate the tragedy and save the country are going to have to take a lot of the punishment,” he said.
According to a Quinnipiac Poll released Thursday, only 17 percent backed the GOP plan, compared to 56 percent of voters who oppose it.