Another day, another chance to pass the Republican health care plan but the outlook remained bleak in the hours heading into a Friday afternoon vote.
After a difficult Thursday for Republicans who had hoped to have passed their bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, the House is back at it again — but this time with a directive from the White House that it's now or never.
As the House debated the bill ahead of the vote, Speaker Paul Ryan left Capitol Hill and traveled to the White House to update President Donald Trump on the current outlook. A tally by NBC News shows that at least 34 Republicans have said they are either "no" votes or "leaning no" -- far more than the 22 votes they can afford to lose and still pass the bill.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the White House is "still optimistic" about the bill's passage but allowed, "you can't force people to vote" for it.
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