Final House panel announces hearing and vote on Republican healthcare plan

The fourth and final House committee announced it will debate and vote on the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare on Wednesday, a day before the chamber is expected to take up the legislation.

The House Rules Committee announcement is further indication the GOP leadership plans to move forward with the bill, even as they work to shore up 218 Republican votes needed to pass it.

It’s possible the rules panel, chaired by Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, will make changes to the bill before it reaches the floor in order to win more Republican support. Some of the changes under discussion would expand tax credits for older Americans who would otherwise pay much higher premiums for healthcare coverage.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is scheduled to meet Monday with President Trump to discuss the legislation.

The Rules Committee sets the terms for the floor debate and will determine length of the debate and which amendments, if any, will be allowed for consideration.

This post originally appeared on Washington Examiner


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