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Politico: Paul Ryan Plans Obamacare Replacement Vote in 3 Weeks

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By    |   Friday, 03 Mar 2017 08:47 AM

House Speaker Paul Ryan plans for the House of Representatives to vote on House leaders' Obamacare alternative plan in three weeks, sources told Politico

Ryan said that President Donald Trump's administration and the Senate support the House GOP leadership in the effort.

On Friday, Ryan, Vice President Mike Pence, and Price will appear in Ryan's hometown, Janesville, Wis., to promote their healthcare plan.

However, health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price has been meeting with conservatives who oppose the Ryan plan — far right members of the House saw those moves as signals to sign on to the plan, the sources said.

Senior Republicans are saying that conservatives who vote against the plan will have to face their constituents, who have called for the repeal for years, sources told Politico.

Trump will tell opponents "they're either for this or for keeping Obamacare," according to a Politico source.

Some conservatives including Sens. Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Mike Lee have called Ryan's plan "Obamacare-lite." A former member of the House Freedom Caucus, California Rep. Tom McClintock, called Price's meetings to drum up support "Freedom Caucus crap."

Freedom Caucus leaders refused to join Paul in attempting to barge into a meeting room where Republican leaders were said to have placed the plan's latest draft, according to Politico. Outside that meeting room, Paul said he wanted to see the draft after being told it was "under lock and key," according to The Washington Post

Refundable tax credits appear to be a sticking point for the far right.

"The only thing we have a disagreement on is refundable tax credits. We're not real excited about a new tax on health insurance," Paul said in Politico's report.

In the Senate, majority leader Mitch McConnell said he needs the House's bill within three weeks, so he can move a plan through the Senate before its lawmakers face other issues, according to Politico.

Some conservatives are still looking for some changes to the Ryan plan.

"We want to get behind the House plan, but we just want to make sure, to quote Secretary Price, that these dials are turned in the right direction. We want to make sure we're not putting the middle class in a situation where they're carrying the weight of this," Mark Walker, study committee chairman and North Carolina representative, said.

"It kicks the can down the road," Walker said Monday

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