The House will vote Thursday on the GOP bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.
Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has announced the bill will pass.
The House will vote a fairly liberal bill through to the Senate.
“We will be voting on the health care votes tomorrow. Because we have enough votes. It’ll pass. It’s a good bill,” McCarthy, R-California, told reporters.
“We’re gonna pass it. We’re gonna pass it,” he added. “Let’s be optimistic about life.”
A last minute deal renewed momentum for House Republicans working to repeal and replace Obamacare. They won’t call a vote unless they believe it will pass.
Vice President Mike Pence is on Capitol Hill. Members have been walking in and out of the speaker’s office all day.
The change in mood comes after GOP Reps. Fred Upton and Billy Long met with President Donald Trump at the White House and flipped their votes from “no” to “yes.” Trump committed to backing an amendment spending $8 billion over five years to finance high-risk pools and go toward patients with pre-existing conditions.
The new “yes” votes mark a symbolically important victory for the White House and Republican leaders.
Other than Long and Upton, there have not been major switches from the “no” to “yes” category, but several undecided members are seemingly open to the new changes.
The focus is on moderate lawmakers concerned the GOP bill will erode too many protections in Obamacare. As originally introduced, the bill would leave 24 million fewer people insured by 2026 than under Obamacare, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office said.
But the House Freedom Caucus, a group of conservatives who helped scuttle the previous bill in March, now supports the legislation.
Importantly, the Freedom Caucus continues to back the bill Wednesday, even with the new spending being added.
Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows said only one member of the group opposes the bill. “We’re not going to lose any votes because of it,” he said.
The situation remains extremely fluid.
The future of the bill “as uncertain as we’ve seen it,” a Republican involved in the health care talks said.
New Jersey Rep. Leonard Lance, a moderate Republican opposed to the bill, also told CNN Wednesday morning that Upton’s proposed change would not sway him to support the health care legislation. Lance also noted that he has not heard from Trump or Vice President Mike Pence in several weeks.
Moderate Reps. Charlie Dent, Frank LoBiondo and Jaime Herrera Beutler say they still oppose the bill even with the Upton amendment.
Finally, the House will vote and pass a bill without doing too much damage to the Trump administration.