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Republicans say they'll vote on AHCA Thursday

Republicans have scheduled a vote for the AHCA, their Obamacare replacement bill, for Thursday after appearing to secure enough votes to pass the House of Representatives. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

After more deliberation and some last minute changes to the bill Wednesday, Republicans have announced that they will be voting on the Obamacare replacement bill, the "American Health Care Act," on Thursday.

Republican House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said he was confident the bill would pass the House Thursday.

"Do we have the votes? Yes." McCarthy told reporters. "Will we pass it? Yes." The bill would then go the Senate for consideration if passed.

A key in giving moderates the cover to support the bill was a trip by Reps. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and and Billy Long (R-Mo.) with President Donald Trump where they secured $8 billion over 5 years in order to shore up coverage for people with pre-existing medical conditions.

Freedom Caucus ally Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) told the Blaze's Dana Loesch Tuesday that he still opposed the bill, saying, “When you come to drain the swamp, don’t ask the creatures in the swamp how to drain the swamp.”

Earlier Wednesday congressional GOP leaders said that they would not schedule a vote unless they were sure that a bill would pass.

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