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Pence Returns to Health Care Whip Mode
But GOP overhaul effort remains on life support

Vice President Mike Pence met Tuesday with Republican House lawmakers, still hesitating on the GOP health care bill. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The Capitol on Tuesday was full of signs that the latest iteration of the GOP health care overhaul was on life support.

In one major indication that things were not going well, Vice President Mike Pence skipped a planned appearance at a trophy ceremony for the Air Force to dash to the Hill and meet with hesitant members, none of whom emerged ready to change their minds.

Analysis: Moderate Republicans Also to Blame for Health Care Impasse
Arguably more hard ‘no’ votes among moderates than conservatives

Tuesday Group Co-Chairman Charlie Dent is among the moderate Republicans unlikely to be convinced to vote for the GOP’s health care bill. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus have shouldered the majority of the blame for the Republicans’ failure to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law, but GOP moderates may be equally — if not more — responsible for the impasse. 

There are arguably more hard “no” votes (members not likely to be convinced to move to “yes”) for the GOP leadership’s plan among moderate Republicans than there are among Freedom Caucus members.