Republican flips to yes on healthcare bill

Republican flips to yes on healthcare bill
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Rep. Lou BarlettaLouis (Lou) James BarlettaTrump's most memorable insults and nicknames of 2018 GOP trading fancy offices, nice views for life in minority Casey secures third Senate term over Trump-backed Barletta MORE (R-Pa.) says he will now vote for the House's ObamaCare replacement bill after getting a commitment for a vote on legislation ensuring that tax credits do not go to illegal immigrants.

Barletta on Tuesday met with Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanUnscripted Trump keeps audience guessing in Rose Garden Coulter defends Paul Ryan: This is 100 percent Trump's fault The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Trump escalates border fight with emergency declaration MORE (R-Wis.) and President Trump to discuss his concerns that illegal immigrants could receive tax credits under the GOP healthcare proposal.

"Millions of Americans can no longer afford health insurance under ObamaCare, while at the same time, three-quarters of a billion dollars in ObamaCare subsidies have been given to illegal immigrants," Barletta said in a statement.

"President Trump and Speaker Ryan agreed with me last night that this is wrong and must be fixed."

Barletta said the president put his full support behind "legislation I will introduce to deny health care tax credits to illegal immigrants."

"And the Speaker promised to bring the bill to the House floor for a vote," he said.

"Because my concerns were met, I will vote for the bill with the understanding that my bill will receive full consideration on the House floor next month."

Barletta in a previous statement said he couldn't support the American Health Care Act over concerns that it "lacks sufficient safeguards for verifying whether or not an individual applying for health care tax credits is lawfully in this country and eligible to receive them."

House Republican leaders on Tuesday were struggling to pick up votes for their ObamaCare replacement bill, with members of the House Freedom Caucus staunchly opposed.