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Dave Reichert announces he’ll oppose Trumpcare bill

His vote apparently not needed for the legislation’s passage, Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-08) announced this morning that he will be opposing the newest incarnation of Trumpcare when it comes up for a vote within the next few hours.

“Unfortunately, the current House bill falls short and does not provide the essential protections I need to support it,” Reichert said in a statement sent to news outlets but curiously not yet published on his own official website or social media channels.

“With all of the political banter surrounding this bill, it can be difficult to remember that this decision ultimately comes down to people. We need to know our loved ones can get and afford the care they need, regardless of age, income, or health status,” Reichert’s statement added.

Reichert has been deluged by calls, emails, and faxes insisting that he oppose the legislation, which would be catastrophic for American families.

Fellow Republican Jaime Herrera-Beutler is also a no on the bill. Republicans Dan Newhouse and Cathy McMorris Rodgers are expected to vote yes.