GOP source: Trump doesn't have the votes for healthcare bill

Amid last-minute negotiations, a collection of amendments was added to the bill to coax support

GOP source: Trump doesn't have the votes for healthcare bill

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House Speaker Paul Ryan has arrived at the White House to brief President Donald Trump on the health care bill which will replace Obamacare.

It's reported that GOP sources have said that Speaker Ryan is expected to tell President Trump that the bill doesn't have the votes in Capitol Hill, and is asking President Trump what action he wants him to take.

Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen announced at midday that the health care bill is “currently unacceptable” and that changes made late Thursday to placate conservatives “raise serious coverage and cost issues.”

Rep. Paul Gosar was one of six Republicans who voted against a procedural resolution bringing the bill to the floor.

“You know what? I came here to do health care right,” said Gosar, a dentist. “This is one chance we that can get one-sixth of our GDP done right. It starts with here.”

However, both Ryan and President Trump argue that keeping the Affordable Care Act is a worse outcome than passing a potentially flawed replacement.

Asked by a reporter what he would do if the bill fails, Trump — seated at his Oval Office desk — shrugged and said: “We’ll see what happens.”

Trump also said he didn’t feel the process had been rushed and that Ryan should remain as speaker if the bill fails.

On Twitter, Trump said that “After seven horrible years of ObamaCare (skyrocketing premiums & deductibles, bad healthcare), this is finally your chance for a great plan!”

A vote is scheduled to take place at 7:30pm GMT.