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Scalise: GOP Getting Closer Daily to Healthcare Vote Numbers

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By    |   Wednesday, 03 May 2017 03:09 PM

House Republicans are getting closer every day to the 216 votes needed to pass their healthcare reform bill, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise said Wednesday.

"President [Donald] Trump has been directly involved at helping us get this bill across the finish line and he is not going to stop until we get it done," the Louisiana Republican told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" anchor Bill Hemmer. "Vice President [Mike] Pence has been incredibly involved. He is directly involved in some of these talks, too. We're working through with each member to get that magic number and bring to the floor and pass the bill."

The most important thing, he said, is passing a bill that will provide relief for Americans "struggling under Obamacare, the high cost, deductibles, doctors fleeing the marketplace ... this bill accomplishes [that] and protects people with pre-existing conditions."

There is a risk if a vote does not take place this week, said Scalise and he believes the matter is something "we have to muscle through. We have to keep working."

Republicans have been focusing on the main issues, said Scalise, in hopes of lowering healthcare costs.

"Look, our members have been focusing on the main issues to lower costs for people," Scalise said. "We need to put them back in charge of healthcare decisions [by] getting bureaucrats out of the way. We just need the final pieces to get it passed."

And that needs to happen even if the work isn't finished by Friday, said Scalise.

"I think we ought to stay until we get it done," he told Hemmer. "We're focused on continuing to get the vote count up until we can pass the bill and bring it to the floor and have that vote."

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