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Representative Mark Meadows of North Carolina, who heads the staunchly conservative House Freedom Caucus that helped block passage of the first healthcare bill, said Republicans were still "a handful of votes away".

But Preibus' comments and similar ones from White House economic adviser Gary Cohn appeared to be undermined throughout the day on Monday, as lawmaker after lawmaker came out against the measure. Despite White House prodding, House leaders have said a vote will occur only once they can succeed.

The House Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce committees said that the Obama administration was funding the program without a permanent appropriation from Congress, which made them unconstitutional.

Mike Madrid, a Republican political consultant in Sacramento, said there are "a ton of land mines" for California Republicans whose constituents either benefit from Obamacare or dislike Trump.

The goal here is pretty simple for House Republicans - just get the GOP health care bill approved, however possible - and send it to the Senate.

KODJAK: Well, in the old bill, no one was really happy because the conservatives - they thought it kept too much of Obamacare. One new wrinkle: While insurers would still have to cover people with pre-existing conditions, they would now be able to charge them higher premiums.

"If they don't have the votes, then they'll have to make changes", Representative Peter King of NY, a Republican moderate, told reporters, indicating he would likely vote for the bill. A group of hard-line Republican conservatives backed it, but more moderate conservatives remained wary.

"But I think there is a growing interest", said Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-NC), " that we need to get this done". She said Republicans who support the revised version will have "doo-doo on their shoe, a tattoo on their forehead".

Like she has done every week for the last three months, Kathy Adin, a 70-year-old retired school librarian, went to Congressman John Faso's upstate NY district office Friday to urge with him not to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

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The GOP bill would let states get federal permission for insurers to charge some people with pre-existing illnesses higher premiums.

The GOP bill to repeal and replace Obamacare has stalled ever since leaders scrapped a planned floor vote in late March. Do any of the changes in this bill address Medicaid?

The legislation would lose if 22 Republicans vote no, assuming all Democrats vote against it.

Left-leaning groups including the Center for American Progress were pushing their members to call lawmakers to urge them to oppose the healthcare bill, including via 7,000 medicine bottles delivered to congressional districts.

"I've always stated that one of the few good things about Obamacare was pre-existing conditions", Long said.

Jordan expressed frustration with GOP leaders' decision to settle for a short-term deal that funds the government through September, and which kicks some of the most divisive spending fights down the road.

Representative Charlie Dent, a moderate Republican from Pennsylvania, said he still had problems with the latest plan and suspected there were not enough votes to pass it. In other words, in order to win over the far-right members of their caucus, Ryan and other House leaders accepted a proposal that would allow insurance companies to once again price-gouge people with any sort of medical history. "We've got more work to do in the Senate".

In an interview with CBS's "Face the Nation" on Sunday, Trump guaranteed protections for patients with preexisting conditions, something he has done since the campaign.

House Democrats were hung out to dry in 2010 by the Senate, where Democratic leaders made a decision to devote their time to approving the health-care bill and abandoned the climate- change legislation.


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