On Wednesday, Rep. Thomas Massie, from the 4th congressional district in Kentucky, issued an amusing tweet when asked if he would change his initial “no” vote against the AHCA bill that the House is considering to replace Obamacare:
Earlier on Wednesday, Massie had tweeted:
On Tuesday, Massie had appeared on MSNBC with host Greta Van Susteren, who asked him if he was going to change his vote. Massie replied:
I’m a “heck, no” on this, and I think they have problems with the vote. I’ve personally spoken to 29 of my conservative colleagues who are “no” on this as of today, and we’re not even counting the moderate Republicans who are a “no.” So I think they have a lot of arm-twisting to do between now and Thursday if they’re going to pass this bill in the House.
Van Susteren asked if it was possible to arm-twist enough Republicans in the house to pass the bill. Massie answered:
I don’t know if it’s possible; I don’t want to say “never” here in Capitol Hill, but it could be possible. They’ve just got such a steep climb; I don’t know why they’re playing this game of “chicken” for Thursday. A lot of people are going to end up in very difficult situations.
Massie added, “Now, to your point about being in electoral trouble over this vote: Before I came over here to speak with you, I counted my call log. I have 275 constituents who asked me to oppose this bill, and only four who asked me to support it. This is an unpopular bill, whether you’re liberal or conservative.”
“I’ve personally spoken to 29 of my conservative colleagues who are ‘no’ on this as of today, and we’re not even counting the moderate Republicans who are a ‘no.'”
Rep. Thomas Massie
The House of Representatives is comprised of 237 Republicans and 193 Democrats; five seats are vacant. That means in order for the bill to pass, it would take 216 votes, as only 430 seats are occupied. The problem for the GOP is that the Democrats are unanimously opposed; thus the GOP can lose no more than 21 seats in order for the bill to pass.