House leaders worked frantically Friday to salvage President Donald Trump’s push to replace Obamacare, as an erosion of support from key Republicans threatened to sink the bill a day after the president delivered an ultimatum: Pass my bill or leave Obamacare in place.
The scene at the Capitol laid bare the deep uncertainty over the high-stakes gambit. Lawmakers on Speaker Paul Ryan’s whip team cornered reluctant Republicans in the House chamber, working to extract additional support for the measure. Senior Trump aides Marc Short and Rick Dearborn huddled with members just outside the chamber.
No one, not even the people in charge of counting the votes, can say what will happen.
“As of right now, I’m not sure we’re across the finish line,” said Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.), a backer of the bill, told reporters. “We have not discussed a plan B … there’s no backroom discussion for if this doesn’t work out.”