Donald Trump made a personal visit to Congress on Tuesday to make a hard pitch to pass the Republican health care plan, and swiftly lost 10 GOP votes in return.
According to NBC news, there were 17 lawmakers at the time who were either opposed or leaning against the bill at the time of his meeting. Presumably, Trump’s aim was to increase support for the legislation, but after his visit, NBC counted 27 Republicans that were opposed or strongly leaning against it.
NBC described Trump’s visit to Republicans as “threatening”, as he warned GOP lawmakers who were leaning against the bill that they may be losing re-election in the midterms. He suggested that these lawmakers were putting the GOP majority at risk:
“And I don’t care if the press prints that”, a source quotes Trump.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, at least in public, seemed to be more optimistic about Donald Trump’s assistance in GOP health care reform:
“President Trump was here to do what he does best, and that is to close the deal. He is all in and we are all in to end this Obamacare nightmare. This is our chance and this is our moment. It’s a big moment. And I think our members are beginning to appreciate just what kind of a rendezvous with destiny we have right here.”
The Republican health care plan, which is also being supported by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), is expected to be opposed by all Democrats. And in order for the bill to pass, Republicans can’t lose more than 22 of their own party’s votes.
The following Republicans are reported to be against, or leaning against, the House GOP bill: