The House GOP’s seven-year crusade to abolish Obamacare all comes down to Thursday.
Republican leaders have called a vote on a plan to replace the health care law, signaling surging confidence that they’re on the cusp of earning enough support to pass it. Though it’s still unclear whether House Speaker Paul Ryan and his team have commitments from the 216 members necessary to pass the bill, scheduling a vote suggests they believe they’re closer than ever.
The moment still promises to be heart-pounding. About 18 Republican lawmakers are publicly opposed to the GOP plan, leaving leaders room for only a handful of additional defections. And at least two dozen members are still publicly undecided. House vote-counters crisscrossed the chamber late Wednesday, pigeonholing reluctant colleagues in a last -ditch bid to put the measure over the top.
The vote will be a defining moment of President Donald Trump’s early tenure. The president spent his political capital on enacting the measure, known as the American Health Care Act, devoting Tuesday and Wednesday to lobbying undecided lawmakers in a flurry of phone calls.