Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas conceded to Politico that the Republican leadership doesn't yet have the votes needed to pass the bill. But, he added, "we're making good progress" and "we're not through yet." The latest version of the bill has yet to be evaluated by the C.B.O., whose score will certainly have an impact on the vote count, but leadership plans to bring the bill to a procedural vote next week. If McConnell fails to wrangle the votes needed, it would be major blow to the Republican Party, which now controls Congress and the White House and has promised to repeal Obamacare for seven years. On Thursday President Trump
told reporters, "The only thing more difficult than peace between Israel and the Palestinians is health care."