| Happening tonight: A House Republican leadership meeting that could set the course for a vote on the GOP’s Obamacare repeal-and-replace legislation for later this week.
President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan might have some momentum. Reps. Fred Upton and Billy Long met with Trump at the White House today and flipped their votes from “no" to “yes." Trump committed to backing an amendment spending $8 billion over five years to fund high-risk pools and go toward patients with pre-existing conditions. Other than Long and Upton, there have not been major switches from the “no" to “yes" category, but several undecided members are seemingly open to the new changes.
Where conservatives are: Importantly, the Freedom Caucus continues to back the bill, even with the new spending being added. Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows said only one member of the group opposes the bill. “We’re not going to lose any votes because of it," he said.
Lots of action today: House leaders have made clear that if everything goes their way, their preference is to have a vote Thursday. But they won’t call a vote unless they believe it will pass. Vice President Mike Pence is on Capitol Hill. Members have been walking in and out of the speaker’s office all day.
High-risk pools won’t match Obamacare’s protections for pre-existing conditions. Don’t miss CNN’s Tami Luhby’s deep dive into the details of the GOP’s plan. She writes: High-risk pools have long been a favorite tool of Republicans, but they have a very checkered past. They were typically severely underfunded, charged participants high premiums, excluded coverage of pre-existing conditions initially and had waiting lists for enrollment.