Trump will try to sway two key no votes on healthcare plan

Trump will try to sway two key no votes on healthcare plan
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President Trump on Wednesday will reportedly meet with two House Republicans who are against the revised GOP healthcare proposal.

Reps. Billy Long (R-Mo.) and Fred Upton (R-Mich.) will talk with the president about coverage for pre-existing conditions in the bill, CNN reported.

Long and Upton are putting together an amendment to protect people with pre-existing conditions, according to the network.

Upton, a former House Energy and Commerce Committee chairman, said Tuesday he could not support the revised healthcare bill, known as the American Health Care Act.

He told a local radio station that the deal struck to win support from House Freedom Caucus conservatives goes against his principles.

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“I’m not at all comfortable with removing that protection. I’ve supported the practice of not allowing pre-existing illnesses from being discriminated against from the very get-go,” Upton said in the interview.

“This amendment torpedoes that. And I told leadership I cannot support this bill with this provision in it."

The revised bill would allow states to waive certain ObamaCare protections, including one that prevents insurers from charging people more based on their health. The provision has become perhaps the biggest obstacle to passing the GOP healthcare bill, causing members like Upton to turn against it.

Upton's defection brought the number of GOP no votes on the revised health bill up to 22. One more Republican no could kill the measure, given that Democrats all plan to vote against it.

On Monday, Long said he would vote no on the bill, also arguing the changes would harm those with pre-existing conditions.