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00:00:00
>> A possible breakthrough for President Donald Trump, Republicans moving ahead with their effort to overhaul the US health care system, scheduling a vote in the House of Representatives on Thursday. I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington, where Trump and Republican leaders are making last minute changes to the bill that they hope could unite conservatives and moderates behind it.
00:00:18
They're fighting the clock as they try to avoid coming up short for a third time in their effort to repeal and replace Obamacare. If they don't get it passed by Thursday, they leave town for a two week recess empty-handed, having to tell the voters back home why they're making no progress on one of their top priorities.
00:00:35
>> Good morning, everyone, I'm->> One sticking point? What to do about coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. Moderate Republicans worry that the bill would let states approve higher rates for people who are already battling illness. Signs of progress Wednesday, Fred Upton, a Michigan moderate, meeting with Trump at the White House to pitch an $8 billion fund that would help people with pre-existing conditions pay their premiums.
00:00:57
>> I told him I could now be in a place where I can support the bill with such amendment.>> The question, will conservatives, who are looking to hold down costs, go along? An aide to the conservative House Freedom Caucus telling Reuters they could probably live with the change.
00:01:12
But outside interest groups still not convinced, the American Medical Association and seniors group AARP saying they still oppose it. Nevertheless, Republican leaders indicating they'll bring the bill up for a vote on Thursday. Even with all this activity, there's no guarantee Republicans can find the votes to get their bill through the House.
00:01:30
Of course, it still has to go through the Senate before it can land on President Trump's desk. Obamacare's never been terribly popular, but Republicans know that voters will hold them accountable if their bill drives up costs or scales back coverage. That keeping tensions high as the health care debate plays out.