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Trumps sets high-stakes vote deadline over healthcare bill

Mar 24, 2017, 6:16 AM EDT
U.S. President Donald Trump reportedly warned to fellow Republicans to back the healthcare bill or he will move on to tax reforms.
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U.S. President Donald Trump has called for a high-stake vote in the House of Representatives on Friday over a debatable health care bill, which many believe, is unlikely to muster necessary support, given the opposition from conservative Republican quarters. The president reportedly warned fellow Republicans to either back the American Healthcare Act, which seeks to replace parts of “Obamacare” or be prepared to move on to tax reform legislations.

A crucial vote on the proposed bill was called off on Thursday after two factions of Republicans clashed over its provisions, with the conservatives arguing that the bill falls well short of repealing the “intrusive and expensive” Obamacare, notes Reuters.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday described Trump’s decision to bring up the vote without preparation as a “rookie’s error.” The bill, which needs 215 votes to pass, is estimated to raise the number of uninsured Americans to 24 million by 2026, according to a recent report by the Congressional Budget Office, writes the BBC

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