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Here's How Kansas And Missouri Reps Voted On GOP Health Care Bill

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House GOP members believe they have enough votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, and replace it.

This post was updated at 1:38 p.m. on Thursday.

The House of Representatives voted Thursday to approve the American Health Care Act, touted by the GOP and President Donald Trump as a better alternative to President Obama's signature health care effort, the Affordable Care Act. The final vote, 217 - 213. All 193 Democrats in the House, joined by 20 Republicans, opposed the bill. 

The bill was previously withdrawn from a vote in March after the GOP failed to garner enough support from both conservative and moderate Republicans.

KCUR reached out to House members from both Kansas and Missouri to get an idea of how the vote might shake out.


Rep. Kevin Yoder: Yes

Kansas Congressman KevinYoder’s vote Thursday in the U.S. House could be a critical factor in whether a revised GOP-backed health care plan passes.

The Johnson County moderate has remained publicly undecided about this latest attempt to repeal and replace large chunks of the Affordable Care Act, although he did have this to say last month on KCUR’s Up To Date about a previous version of the bill: 

"So I lay down a marker, you've got to have pre-existing conditions covered in this bill to get my support," Yoder told Up To Date host Steve Kraske. "Well, the Tea Party wing of the party said, 'Well, we're not going to vote for it.' So we're kind of caught in that scenario."

Yoder said he would not have voted for that previous version.

A recent pollshows a majority of voters in Yoder’s Third Congressional District approve of the Affordable Care Act. 

Rep. Roger Marshall: Yes

Rep. Lynn Jenkins: Yes

Rep. Ron Estes: Yes


Rep. Billy Long: Yes

U.S. Representative Billy Long on Wednesday signaled he would vote yes on the GOP’s revised healthcare plan, a day after he told St. Louis Public Radio there was no way he could support the plan.

“So I’m not quite sure why they think my vote’s so important but they’re sure doing a lot of arm twisting but it’s not going to do them any good," said Long. 

Long, a reliable conservative from Southwest Missouri, said he opposed an amendment in the bill that would let states allow insurance companies to charge higher premiums to people with preexisting conditions.

On Wednesday morning, after meeting with the president, he told reporters he was now a “yes” on the plan. Long’s office said the promise of a new amendment, which would add funding to the bill’s high risk pools for people with preexisting conditions, is what ultimately changed his mind.

Rep. Ann Wagner: Yes

Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer: Yes

Rep. Vicky Hartzler: Yes

Rep. Sam Graves: Yes

Rep. Jason Smith: Yes

Rep. William Lacy Clay: No

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II: No

Lisa Rodriguez is a reporter and the afternoon newscaster for KCUR 89.3. Connect with her on Twitter @larodrig

Kyle Palmer is KCUR's morning newscaster. You can follow him on Twitter@kcurkyle.

Laura Spencer is an arts reporter at KCUR 89.3. You can reach her on Twitter at @lauraspencer.

Slow news days are a thing of the past. As KCUR’s news director, I want to cut through the noise, provide context to the headlines, and give you news you can use in your daily life – information that will empower you to make informed decisions about your neighborhood, your city and the region. Email me at lisa@kcur.org or follow me on Twitter @larodrig.
Kyle Palmer is the editor of the Shawnee Mission Post, a digital news outlet serving Northeast Johnson County, Kansas. He previously served as KCUR's news director and morning newscaster.
Kansas City is known for its style of jazz, influenced by the blues, as the home of Walt Disney’s first animation studio and the headquarters of Hallmark Cards. As one of KCUR’s arts reporters, I want people here to know a wide range of arts and culture stories from across the metropolitan area. I take listeners behind the scenes and introduce them to emerging artists and organizations, as well as keep up with established institutions. Send me an email at lauras@kcur.org or follow me on Twitter @lauraspencer.
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