by Sojourner Staff
WASHINGTON D.C. – By noon on Thursday, the expected date of the House vote to approve the American Health Care Act, deliberation among Republican lawmakers had led to postponement of the vote until today.
According to CNN, the number of Republicans who plan to vote against the bill number 27. The party cannot afford to lose more than 21. No Democrats are expected to support the AHCA.
Also reported, as the discussion carried into the night on Thursday, an ultimatum from the White House demanded that dialogue over the bill end and that a vote commence the next day. The decree, delivered to House Republicans by Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s Office of Management and Budget Director, warned that the White House is ready to move on from a replacement of the Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare, if a decision cannot be made, leaving Republicans “stuck with Obamacare”.
During a press conference on Friday afternoon, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, commenting on the discussions surrounding the legislation between the White House, Freedom Caucus and other House Republicans, said “At some point you can only do so much.”
House Republicans need a simple majority, 216 votes, to pass the bill without any Democrat support, however GOP lawmakers are not optimistic. President Trump has been notified by Paul Ryan that the bill currently does not have enough votes to pass. Nonetheless, the vote is still expected to take place today at 3:30 p.m. EST.