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Republican lawmakers shift to 'yes' on healthcare bill with changes
May 3, 2017 / 3:32 PM / 7 months ago

Republican lawmakers shift to 'yes' on healthcare bill with changes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three U.S. Republican House lawmakers threw their support behind their party’s healthcare overhaul plan on Wednesday after crafting changes to provide $8 billion over five years to shore up coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.

U.S. Representative Fred Upton (R-MI) (C) and Representative Michael Burgess (R-TX) (R) return to the West Wing after speaking to reporters about health care legislation after meeting with President Trump at the White House in Washington, U.S. May 3, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Representatives Fred Upton and Billy Long, who had rejected an earlier bill to roll back the 2010 Affordable Care Act, told reporters after a meeting with Trump at the White House that they could now vote for the plan with their proposed changes.

Upton said the revised bill could come up for a vote on Thursday, although both he and Long said they did not know whether there were enough votes to pass it. Representative Michael Burgess also said he could back the legislation.

Reporting by Susan Heavey and David Alexander; Editing by Tim Ahmann

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