House Republican leaders say they will hold a floor vote on the American Health Care Act on Thursday, even if the bill lacks the required votes to pass. At least 25 members of the far-right House Freedom Caucus plan to oppose the bill, and the group wants party leadership to "start over," a spokeswoman said Wednesday. Two moderate Republicans — Rep. Frank LoBiondo (N.J.) and Rep. David Young (Iowa) — also said Wednesday they will oppose the bill. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer insisted Wednesday that the vote count "keeps getting stronger for us." With all Democrats opposed, Republicans can only afford to lose 22 votes. Should the AHCA squeak by in the House, it will face an uphill battle in the Senate, where six Republicans have said they will not support the bill.
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