The Hill reports that 16 Republican House members have publicly stated they will oppose the American Health Care Act, the horrifying betrayal of the poor and sick portrayed as an Obamacare replacement.
With a vote in days, the margin for error is slim. Assuming all Democrats vote against the legislation, GOP leaders cannot afford more than 21 defections in the House and two in the Senate.
Among those listed is Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-7), a surprise to me. He’s been a follower for years after building a reputation in the state legislature as an independent thinker. It’s possible the recent upsurge of opposition to Lance may be giving him a backbone after almost a decade in DC.
According to the report, Lance had voted for the AHCA in committee before the Congressional Budget Office released its report stating 24 million people would lose health insurance thanks to the bill.
“I do not want to vote on a bill that has no chance of passing over in the Senate,” Lance told CNN, a day after the CBO report. “The CBO score has modified the dynamics.”