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Speaker Paul Ryan Loses Support for Republican Healthcare Plan

HeadlineMar 17, 2017

House Speaker Paul Ryan lost more support for the Republican healthcare plan, with top party leaders admitting Thursday they do not have enough votes to push the legislation through the full House. The Budget Committee narrowly approved the bill Thursday in a 19-17 vote. All Democrats on the committee voted against the legislation, as did three Republicans: Virginia Congressmember Dave Brat, Alabama Congressmember Gary Palmer and South Carolina Congressmember Mark Sanford. Top Republicans and the White House have admitted they may make changes to the bill in order to pass it through the House, although Speaker Ryan is facing a divided Republican opposition, with some members of his party calling for Medicaid to be cut even faster, while others are calling for Medicaid and other protections for low-income constituents to be protected.

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