Mar 8, 2017

House Obamacare markups: The drama continues

Caitlin Owens, author of Vitals

(J. Scott Applewhite / AP)

The Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means markups of the Obamacare repeal and replacement are still going, pausing only for members to go vote on the House floor.

What you need to know: Nothing. Nothing of significance has happened. Most of the House Freedom Caucus – the members opposed to the bill who can block it on the floor – are not in either committee.

In Ways and Means, the last five-ish hours have been full of congressional theater, roll call votes and Democratic amendments trolling Republicans (ie the "Trump promise test" amendment saying the bill can't pass until CBO says every taxpayer and their dependents will have coverage under it).

In Energy and Commerce, Ranking Member Frank Pallone demanded staff read the entire bill. They finished after about an hour and moved on. As of 4 p.m., they hadn't even started amendments yet.

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