Why key Republican holdouts are now flipping to ‘yes’ on health care

Why key Republican holdouts are now flipping to ‘yes’ on health care
Billy Long (Image: Library of Congress)

A prominent Republican reversed course Wednesday and said he will back the GOP plan to replace Obamacare, breathing new life into the repeal effort as President Trump and House leaders try to win over holdouts with extra money for consumers who might struggle to afford coverage under their plan.

Rep. Fred Upton, Michigan Republican who appeared to deliver a major blow to the health care effort by withdrawing his support on Tuesday, said his own push to tweak the bill allowed him to flip back to “yes.”

“I support the bill with this amendment,” he told reporters at the White House.

His amendment would provide $8 billion over five years to reduce premiums and out-of-pocket costs for people who are already sick and experienced a gap in coverage. Those people could face higher costs in states that seek a waiver from community rating provisions that prevent insurers from charging sicker customers more than healthy ones.

Mr. Upton, a former chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, is considered an expert on health policy, so his view carries weight within the GOP conference.

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