Twenty House Republicans who represent swing districts broke ranks with their party Thursday to vote against the passage of the legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare, although it still managed to get approved through a slim 217-213 margin.
Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs is the lone member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus to vote against the measure.
The freshman lawmaker said the bill didn’t go far enough to fully repeal the features of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
At least three Republicans who were on the fence before the vote, Reps. Mike Turner, Dave Joyce and Will Hurd, also didn’t back the bill, also called the American Health Care Act.
Another defector is Rep. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania, a co-chair of the moderate faction Tuesday Group
Dent believes the legislation will raise insurance premiums for the poor and average earning Americans, citing a CBO report that predicted the bill would make 24 million lose coverage over the next decade.
The Daily Caller reports:
Here are the 20 Republicans who joined Democrats to vote against the bill: Andy Biggs of Arizona, Mike Coffman of Colorado, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Walter B. Jones of North Carolina, Frank LoBiondo of New Jersey, Christopher Smith of New Jersey, Leonard Lance of New Jersey, Dan Donovan of New York, John Katko of New York, Michael Turner and David Joyce of Ohio, Ryan Costello, Patrick Meehan, Brian Fitzpatrick, and Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania, Will Hurd of Texas, Barbara Comstock of Virginia, and Jaime Beutler and Dave Reichert of Washington.