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Conservatives, Moderates Fail to Reach a Deal on Obamacare Replacement

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By    |   Thursday, 23 Mar 2017 08:50 AM

The American Health Care Act, the House Republicans' Obamacare replacement proposal, does not yet have an agreement that brings in more conservative support, Fox News reported Thursday. 

"We have not cut the deal yet," said Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, chairman of the House Rules Committee.

The committee met for 13 hours but did not set up a debate rule for the bill and the meeting ended with no amendments, such as federal aid for older people, being voted on.

Sessions said House Republicans would try to get an agreement on the deal when they meet Thursday.

Democrats continued to criticize the AHCA, especially potential changes such as removing the requirement for individual and small business plans to cover 10 categories of medical services, according to Politico. 

While that meeting was going on, House Speaker Paul Ryan was meeting with moderate Republicans. Pennsylvania Rep. Charlie Dent, said he was against the bill.

"I believe this bill, in its current form, will lead to the loss of coverage and make insurance unaffordable for too many Americans, particularly for low-to-moderate income and older individuals," Dent said in a statement.

Another Pennsylvania Republican, Lou Barletta, said he was now in favor of the bill, after President Donald Trump endorsed Barletta's plan to use Social Security numbers to prevent tax credit fraud.

An Associated Press count reported 26 Republicans were opposed or leaning in opposition to the bill, but the number was shifting up and down because of leaders' lobbying attempts.

In a meeting with Vice President Mike Pence, Rep. Randy Weber of Texas said White House chief strategist Steve Bannon told them: "We've got to do this. I know you don't like it, but you have to vote for this."

Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania said in Fox News' report: "We're being asked to sign a blank check."

The president on Thursday morning sent a tweet urging voters to call their representatives and support the proposal.

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