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House Could Be In Through Weekend To Repeal Obamacare

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Juliegrace Brufke Capitol Hill Reporter
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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said lawmakers in the lower chamber could be in through the weekend to work on repealing and replacing Obamacare.

The House is scheduled to recess Thursday, but McCarthy said he hasn’t ruled out keeping members in if it looks like it would be a productive move in passing the legislation.

“I look at whatever needs to be done to make sure we get this done,” he told reporters. “There’s Friday, there’s Saturday, there’s Sunday.”

While a number of GOP lawmakers expressed concerns, an amendment brokered between Tuesday Group Co-Chairman Tom MacArthur and House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows — which would allow states to waive out of a number of the Affordable Care Act’s Title I regulations — would lead to a hike in premiums for people with pre-existing conditions, McCarthy assured they are almost there.

“We’re going to get there,” McCarthy told reporters. “As soon as I announce you’ll get it.”

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise said the conference is working hard to ease hesitant members’ concerns on the bill.

“We’re continuing to grow the vote,” he said. “We have a few remaining issues with some members that we are trying to get answers to questions on, so we’re working on that.”

Top Republicans and the White House renewed efforts to revive the health care bill after their initial attempt to repeal the ACA flopped in March. Leadership has been careful to ensure they have enough votes to avoid having to once again pull the legislation off the floor.

“Every night is a big night, but this is an important week, it’s a very big week,” he continued. “I like the direction we’re headed, but we’re still working and working to get it done.

Scalise said he isn’t sure is leadership will opt to delay their one-week recess but are looking to bring the bill to the floor as soon as possible.”

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