House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) said Wednesday that the House of Representatives will vote Thursday to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, and the Republican majority now has the votes to do it.
Media outlets were reporting that the vote decision came down after two Republican Reps. Fred Upton and Billy Long said they support the Republican plan after Upton proposed an amendment to the bill that would pour $8 billion to prop up risk pools to cover those with pre-existing condition.
However, there is still some doubt whether the Republican have the vote to pass the bill, and Rep. David Valadao, who represents portions of Kern County, is one of the Republican members who has been opposed to the changes. There are three other GOP members who also stand in opposition, but in a Tweet on Wednesday night, McCarthy signaled confidence.
The call for a vote has forced a furious anti-vote rally among Democrats and liberals via social media. By the early evening, the Vote No hashtag was trending No. 1 on Twitter and Facebook.
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McCarthy, however, was resolute in the bill’s important points, including his assertion that Obamacare is failing,
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) May 3, 2017