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I can tell you at this point we are trying to get another 30 to 40 votes that are now in the 'no' category to 'yes.' Once we do that I think we can move forward.
We are working very diligently tonight to try and get there. The overall impression of the Freedom Caucus is we're willing to jump through unbelievable hurdles to hopefully get to a point where this bill is better for the American people.
We're not there yet, but we're very optimistic that if we work around the clock between now and noon tomorrow that we're going to be able to find some common ground. Tonight is an encouraging night, and yet I don't want to be so optimistic to say that the deal is done, but I do think that there is a framework to work with our leadership and the leadership in the Senate and certainly the administration to find some common ground.
I can tell you that we're making great progress. We're not there yet. But we're hopeful.
Do I think it gives the president a loss? Absolutely not. We are going to get to the finish line.
We are hopeful as we start to make progress in these negotiations with some of the things the White House shared with us. We would not be where we are today in even considering this if it had not been for President Trump's personal involvement ... He's moved this a very long way. Not only for House Freedom Caucus but for other members.
We're encouraged tonight, just based on the real willingness of not only the White House, but our leadership, to make this bill better.
We need changes to the underlying bill before we vote on it in the House. ... There's not enough votes to pass it tomorrow.
Tonight is an encouraging night.
They have made clear that is their belief. But I have talked to senators who say that not only has it not been adjudicated, but it hasn't even really been presented in a meaningful way, so that narrative is simply not a narrative based on fact. It's based on conjecture and belief – which I think it's a deeply held belief for them, but it's not based on fact.
There's not enough votes to pass it tomorrow.
This is not a personality decision; this is a policy decision. It won't lower premiums, and until it does, I'm going to be a no, even if I sends me home.
We believe that we need to postpone the vote and get it right. We need changes to the underlying bill before we vote on it in the House … There's not enough votes to pass it tomorrow.
They don't have the votes to pass this tomorrow. The opposition is still strong.
I serve at the pleasure of the people of North Carolina. When you serve at their pleasure, it's only those 750,000 people that can send you home and it's a temporary job and I've known that since Day One.
They're already whipping with a whip that's about 10 feet long and five feet wide. I'm trying to let my members vote the way that their constituents would want them to vote. . . . I think they're all very aware of the political advantages and disadvantages. This is a defining moment for our nation, but it's also a defining moment for the Freedom Caucus. There are core things within this bill as it currently stands that would violate some of the principles of the Freedom Caucus.
It's very clear that the negotiations are over.
They're already whipping with a whip that's about 10 feet long and 5 feet wide. I'm trying to let my members vote the way that their constituents would want them to vote.
I'm confident that we still have enough concerns that a vote of 216 votes in the House would not happen today. There are core things within this bill as it currently stands that would be violate some of the principals of the Freedom Caucus. They're already whipping with a whip that's about 10 feet long and five feet wide.
There's not anywhere close to the votes. I can assure you that this bill needs to be changed.
I think he is looking for amendments to be made to make it better.
The House repeal-and-replace plan doesn't go far enough.
That is probably the No. 1 priority. If we can get those, it would make the rest of it a whole lot easier.
I'll say this, if the bill that comes to the floor is the exact same one in Budget, I'll feel a little bit that I'd been had.
People higher up on the food chain than me.
They will whip it, and they will find 40 nos and another 30 or 40 undecideds.
He's a very worthy opponent, let's put it that way. You can be a worthy adversary and not be an enemy.
We'll be judged on one thing. It is not a CBO score. It is not even on keeping our word – even though we will be judged on that. It will be if premiums are coming down. That's the number that matters.
He is looking for amendments to be made, to make it better. Ultimately it's going to have to be amended to get enough support for passage on the House floor. We see some of the things we're recommending needing to be adjudicated in the Senate.
We've got some work to do, still.
Ultimately it will be President Trump that saves this deal.
Currently there are not enough votes to pass it in the House.
The tax credits included in Ryan's plan will create an entirely new entitlement program. We are concerned about a new federal plan that will only increase premiums and lead to higher prices. We are not going to fix healthcare by replacing Obamacare with another plan that won't work.
I can give you three of four different reasons. They've asked for everybody's input. Obviously the final result of where we are today is not something that I support and I'm not alone in that analysis.
The way it's put forth would actually take the number of tax credits from 9.5 million people that get a subsidy today and potentially increase it to 40 million people. We're going to pay for that by putting a tax on union workers and middle-class workers that happen to have good employer insurance. That dog doesn't hunt.
I think we're a long way from that.
We committed to the American people to repeal every tax (in Obamacare), every mandate, the regulations, and to defund (women's healthcare provider) Planned Parenthood. That's what the American people expect us to do – and they expect us to do it quickly.
While serious concerns remain, I have been please to hear the speaker commit to bringing up a healthcare replacement bill within days, now weeks, of a repeal measure.
We need to be voting for a replacement plan at the same time that we vote for repeal.
If we're going to repeal it, we need to repeal the taxes.
It would have to be an unbelievable, compelling case to suggest we need more than two years to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
To suggest that President-elect Trump's victory didn't weigh as a factor in terms of the speaker's race would be disingenuous to suggest otherwise.
The results speak for itself. Was Steve Bannon effective? I don't' think anybody here would deny that he was effective.
When we're looking at government oversight, it really has to do with previous government actions.
The speaker has been pretty clear. We're looking at all legislative options in order to make sure that we address this in the fairest and most concise way.