Upton, Long reverse themselves and back Obamacare repeal bill

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Two prominent Republican opponents of the House GOP’s Obamacare repeal bill reversed course and backed the measure Wednesday morning, after negotiating a last-minute amendment with President Donald Trump at the White House.

Reps. Fred Upton of Michigan and Billy Long of Missouri, whose defections this week rattled rank-and-file Republicans, emerged from their session with the president and said an amendment to add $8 billion to help cover people with pre-existing conditions would return them to the “yes” column on the bill.

Though there were concerns the revised measure might repel conservatives already reluctant to back the GOP plan, early signals suggested most would remain on board.

“I believe they will find broad support among [House Freedom Caucus] members for their amendment,” said caucus Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) in a statement to POLITICO.

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