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Rep. Blackburn: AHCA Is 'Trending Toward a Yes'

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By    |   Friday, 24 Mar 2017 02:38 PM

The American Health Care Act is a "bill that is trending towards a yes," Tennessee GOP Rep. Marsha Blackburn said Friday, and she is pleased with several of the provisions contained

"I was pleased at language that would halt the Medicaid expansion, the pro-life language," Blackburn told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" program. "I think [this is] one thing we as conservatives want to see."

Further, it is important to President Donald Trump to push forward with the repeal of Obamacare, said Blackburn, who served as vice-chair of Trump's presidential transition team.

"One of the things we're focussing on today is how this vote is going to affect him and the balance of his agenda and the balance of our agenda. Tax reform, broadband expansion and infrastructure, all those things."

Blackburn said she spoke with several people Friday who were talking in terms of getting the bill to pass its House vote, and who felt eliminating the essential health benefits clause from the bill helps with that.

"They understand the president would have a certain amount of frustration with individuals and with the conference," she said. "He has tried to help with negotiating this package. What he would like to see is passage of this move to the Senate and see the House begin the process with tax reform, be successful with that and then getting into those other infrastructure items, securing the border."

Blackburn also hit back at former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who called the president's push on the Obamacare repeal and replace measure a rookie move, saying that seven years ago, the California Democrat was saying the Affordable Care Act had to be passed to see what was in it.

"What Nancy Pelosi does not realize is that we don't pass bills and then go read them and figure out what is in them," Blackburn said. "What we do when a piece of legislation that hits our desks, if we don't like what's in it we go to work amending it,collaborating with colleagues and building momentum for making those changes."

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