One of the key Republican voters on the new healthcare bill thinks that a vote on Thursday is a “complete toss of the coin.” Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said early Wednesday that the GOP health care proposal might be a few votes shy of the number it needs to pass. King was being interviewed on CNN’s “New Day. He has stated that he is undecided on the new bill. King continued saying, “I think they’re holding four to six votes short of what they need to go on the floor. And I don’t know how soft some of those votes that are sitting on the balance are, but that’s my prediction. It’s just going to be a toss of the coin on whether they will or whether they won’t.”
However, by Wednesday night House Republicans have said they have secured the votes.
Regarding his position of being undecided, King said, “It’s a result of these negotiations that have to do with the essential health benefits that throws us back into the lap of the 50 states for them to fight over what they want to do. They have the full authority to pass any legislation to overwrite any mandates into health insurance that they like, so there’s no reason for the federal government to stay in the health insurance business.”
There seems to be a lot of confusion concerning exactly what will happen to those seeking healthcare with “pre-existing conditions” under the new bill. The revised GOP healthcare bill includes an amendment that allows states to opt out of key Obamacare rules. That means each state can include waivers of minimum coverage requirements and whether or not they allow insurers to charge more based on the health of each individual.
Rep. Steve King did announce late last night that he will support the bill so it can move on in the legislative process. What do you think about whether or not there will be a vote in the house this week? It seems another congressional vacation is looming, so the pressure to act is on. How is this going to go?
Credit: The Hill