The GOP’s Obamacare replacement might need some emergency treatment.
A leading House Republican on Tuesday said he has told the GOP leadership he will vote against their bill to repeal and replace key parts of the Affordable Care Act.
The loss of a vote from Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., the former chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, could make it much more difficult for Republicans to even dare to call a vote on their replacement bill, much less to get it passed this week.
Upton revealed his intention to vote against the bill during a call with a Michigan radio station. He cited the fact that a compromise amendment added to the bill last week would weaken the insurance coverage protections for people with pre-existing health conditions, which he has supported.
“This amendment torpedoes that,” Upton said. “And I told the leadership I cannot support this bill with this provision in it.”
“I know there are a good number of us that have raised red flags and real concerns” about the bill, Upton said. “And it’s not going to get my ‘yes vote’ the way it is.”