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The Hill: At Least 21 Republicans Oppose New Healthcare Reform Effort

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By    |   Thursday, 27 Apr 2017 06:52 PM

The number of Republicans publicly opposed to or leaning against the latest Obamacare repeal legislation is raising doubts about its chances of passing the House, The Hill reports.

According to the outlet, at least 21 Republicans have said they would vote "no" on the revised GOP healthcare bill negotiated by New Jersey Rep. Tom MacArthur, a moderate, and conservative Freedom Caucus chairman Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina.

The opposition votes include centrists who had concerns about the previous repeal bill that was pulled from a floor vote because of a lack of Republican support, The Hill reported – including Reps. Patrick Meehan and Ryan Costello of Pennsylvania; Barbara Comstock of Virginia, Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington and John Katko of New York.

Also, three Republicans who supported the earlier legislation – Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce of California, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois and Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida — told the Hill they're now undecided on the new measure.

Twenty-three GOP defections would be enough to kill House Republicans' Obamacare repeal-and-replacement plan – assuming all House Democrats voted "no," The Hill reported.

The new bill would allow states to opt out of some of Obamacare's requirements and could result in people losing their current health coverage or facing much higher premiums – a conservative concession some centrists say pushed the bill too far to the right, according to The Hill.

Several Senate Republicans also have raised questions about the bill, making it unclear whether it could win 50 votes in the upper chamber, The Hill reported.

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