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After Trump directive, the House is expected to vote on health plan today

The bill has come in for criticism from both Republicans and Democrats.
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Despite several Republican representatives publicly saying they can't approve it in its current form, the U.S. House is expected to vote on the American Health Care Act (ACHA) on Friday.

D.C. media is reporting that the message from the White House is that President Donald Trump wants to push ahead with a vote to repeal and replace former President Obama's Affordable Care Act.

NBC News reports that Office of Management Budget director Mick Mulvaney made it clear Thursday evening that Trump wants an end to negotiations over the controversial bill.

Citing sources who attended a closed-door meeting between Trump and GOP members Thursday, NBC says Trump will move on to other priorities if the bill doesn't pass.

FOX News reports that the House is likely to vote around mid to late afternoon.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told the station on Thursday: "We’re hoping to make this the last anniversary that any American has to suffer under ObamaCare by instilling a patient-centric health care system in place, and the president has made that case to members throughout the spectrum of the Republican conference, and tomorrow, it’s time to vote."

Criticism of the plan

The ACHA plan has come under criticism from Republicans as well as Democrats. One of the main objections is the impact it would have on poorer, older Americans, who would see huge increases in their health premiums.

More conservative Republicans, who are members of the Freedom Caucus, say the bill doesn't go far enough in repealing the changes made by Obamacare. Trump respond to their objections on Friday morning.

The Congressional Budget Office on Thursday released additional calculations on the impact of the bill, based on changes that have been made since it was originally announced.

It found it would cost more and wouldn't expand coverage.

According to USA Today, the CBO estimates that 24 million people would be without health insurance in 2026 and that the reduction in America's budget deficit would be smaller than initially planned, reducing it by $150 billion over 10 years rather than $337 billion under the original bill.

A poll released by Quinnipiac University Thursday found 56 percent of respondents disapprove of the Republican health care plan, 17 percent approve of it, and 26 percent are undecided.

KARE 11 has contacted Minnesota's Congressional delegation to find out how they intend to vote. With all five Democrat representatives expected to vote against, GOP Reps. Tom Emmer and Jason Lewis say they're waiting to see the final bill.

Rep. Erik Paulsen's office didn't reply, but he has tweeted his support over the past few days.

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