Why a Conservative PA Rep Changed His Vote to 'Yes' on AHCA

Posted: Mar 22, 2017 3:00 PM

As late as Monday, Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA) was a "no" on the GOP's American Health Care Act. He was one of several skeptical conservatives of the bill, some of whom argue the legislation is just too similar to Obamacare. Particularly, Barletta argued he cannot vote for a bill that does not adequately address the issue of illegal immigrants receiving tax credits.

After meeting with President Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan to voice this concern, Barletta has changed his mind. His concerns, he said, have been met.

Rep Lou Barletta now YES on Obamacare repeal after vote promised on blocking undocumented immigrants from tax credits pic.twitter.com/2hEZ8XNCrA

— Laura Olson (@lauraolson) March 22, 2017

Barletta's change of heart may not be enough for the AHCA to pass the House on Thursday when it's taken up for a vote. As of now, 25 members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus say they are solid "no"s.