President Trump wants an up or down vote on his health care plan on Friday or it’s over. Â The President will move on to other important issues and there will be no further effort to repeal Obamacare.
On Thursday evening Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney said the President has finished negotiating on the health care bill. From NBCnews.com:
A senior administration source confirms to NBC News the “very definitive, very clarifying” message from the president and the administration’s intention to move on â€” should the health care bill fail to move forward â€” to other matters such as tax reform, trade and border security.
If the bill does not pass, the president would see it as “people in Congress breaking their promises to their constituents to repeal and replace Obamacare” even with a Republican president in the White House,” the source told NBC News.
As of Thursday night, at least 31 House members still intend to vote ‘no’ on the bill, more than enough to defeat it. Most of the 31 are members of the conservative Freedom Caucus.
Will Trump’s threat to leave Obamacare in place convince enough members of the Freedom Caucus to vote ‘yes’? Â That remains to be seen. At this time Congress is hoping to have a mid-day vote on Friday.