GOP leaders try to hold party together on Obamacare repeal


Washington( CNN) House Speaker Paul Ryan and his leadership team proceed with its work around the clock to pass their bill to repeal and supplant the Affordable Care Act, realizing that they may need to induce significant changes to their legislation if they are going to pass it on the House floor as soon as next week.

As of Wednesday night, CNN’s own lash counting recorded 19 Republican House members against or leaning against the bill as it was written, a rude awakening that Ryan can’t ignore. He can only lose 21 of his own members in order to pass the bill in the House without any Democratic support.

Ryan insisted to reporters the bill was still on a track to pass the House and that Republicans have been working “hand in glove” with the White House on the repeal scheme.