Weeks after scuttling the Republican replacement for Obamacare, the 30-member conservative faction of the House Republican Conference announced they would support the bill going forward with an amendment that was brokered by Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-NC) and moderate Tom MacArthur (R-NJ). The amendment lets states apply for waivers from Obamacare rules that ban insurers from charging sick people higher premiums and mandate minimum insurance coverage requirements, as long as the state offers high-risk pools as an alternative.
While this is improving the chances of the bill passing, it does not guarantee it. On the other side of the spectrum, moderate Republicans are still opposed or on the fence. Members in swing districts like Barbara Comstock (R-VA) and Bruce Poliquin (R-ME) continue to oppose the bill.
Members are still predicting a vote will happen next week. Republicans can only lose 21 votes if they want to pass a bill in the House.