It didn't take long for the Republican governors to lose the spotlight. Now everyone is back to worrying about the conservative hardliners in the House. Within a few hours of each other:
- Rep. Mark Meadows, the chairman of the Freedom Caucus, told CNN he wouldn't vote for the draft House Obamacare replacement bill — because its refundable tax credits, which are supposed to be used to help people buy health insurance, would amount to "a new entitlement."
- Rep. Mark Walker, the chairman of the Republican Study Committee, came out against the bill too — also because of the tax credits.
Why it may be a crisis: If the two are serious about voting against the bill, and they bring most of the members of their groups with them, that pretty much ends any chance that the House could pass an Obamacare repeal bill. Even if they succeeded in knocking the tax credits out of the bill, the Senate would never pass a repeal bill that didn't give customers another way to buy health insurance.
Why it may not be a crisis: Would they really vote against repeal when the time comes, or are they just trying to negotiate changes? Meadows and Walker want to repeal Obamacare as much as anyone else — which is why Republican leaders have been betting they wouldn't really tank the repeal effort.
What to watch: Jonathan Swan reports that Trump was still working on his speech to Congress last night — so watch to see if he tries to stare down the conservatives.
What did the governors want again? They told Trump yesterday that they don't want any of their constituents to lose health insurance — and they haven't seen any details yet that would back up his assurances, Caitlin Owens reports. "There's no specificity, and that's one of the things I want to see," Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval told reporters after the meeting.