GOP Rep.: ‘I Don’t Think We Have the Votes Yet’ for Republican Healthcare Plan
GOP Representative Sean Duffy stopped by the set of Fox & Friends Monday morning to chat about the status of the American Health Care Act. The controversial replacement to Obamacare has taken heat from the right and the left since the day it was unveiled.
Duffy promised a vote this week, though he conceded that he didn’t believe the votes were there yet.
“The bill is going to go up on Thursday,” he said. “I don’t think we have the votes yet to pass it … We have some Freedom Caucus members who are still no.”
Duffy, however, expressed no nervousness about the final outcome. “I am very optimistic,” he said. “I think we’re going to get there.”
When questioned by the show’s panel, Duffy said that a number of sweeteners were being added to pick up reluctant conservatives, including a clause requiring Medicaid recipients to work, and increasing the tax credits offered to older Americans.
Duffy also said Democrats would come around to a Republican plan eventually.
“Once we repeal and start the replacement, they know we can’t go back.” he said.
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