House Budget chair 'confident' on ObamaCare repeal vote

House Budget Committee Chairwoman Diane BlackDiane Lynn BlackBottom line Overnight Health Care: Anti-abortion Democrats take heat from party | More states sue Purdue over opioid epidemic | 1 in 4 in poll say high costs led them to skip medical care Lamar Alexander's exit marks end of an era in evolving Tennessee MORE (R-Tenn.) says she is confident that ObamaCare repeal legislation will advance out of her committee despite concerns from conservatives.

The panel, which is voting Thursday on the GOP healthcare bill, has several conservative members, including Reps. Dave Brat (R-Va.) and Mark Sanford (R-S.C.), who have strong concerns about the bill. The measure would fail if four Republicans join all Democrats in opposing it.

But Black said the committee could send on “recommendations” to address conservative concerns. 


“I am confident that this bill is going to come out of the Budget [Committee] tomorrow, and we will have some recommendations that we can send on forward for those concerns that our committee members have,” Black said on MSNBC. 

“We’re listening. We want them to have a voice, and at the end of the day this only makes our bill better.”

Black pushed back when asked about Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham says Trump should be allowed to undo DACA order The Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems, GOP dig in for public impeachment hearings The Hill's Morning Report - Witness transcripts plow ground for public impeachment testimony MORE’s (R-S.C.) comment that the bill is “mortally wounded.”

“I’ve been speaking to my committee members now over the last week, and they’re sharing their concerns with me,” she said. “This is a process. As we move forward the plan is just made better and better with the ideas that come from our members, so it is not mortally wounded here going into my Budget Committee.”