UPDATE: Reps. Blum, Young oppose healthcare bill

Rod Blum, Republican candidate for US Congress District 1, photographed Oct. 10, 2014, in Cedar...
Rod Blum, Republican candidate for US Congress District 1, photographed Oct. 10, 2014, in Cedar Rapids. (Liz Martin/The Gazette/KCRG-TV9)(KCRG)
Published: Mar. 21, 2017 at 10:49 PM CDT
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UPDATE: Rep. David Young (R-IA3) Wednesday said he will not support the current version of the American Health Care Act.

"While the American Health Care Act, legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare, is a very good start, it does not yet get it right and therefore I cannot support it in its’ present form."



Iowa Republican Congressman Rod Blum, who represents the 1st District, has come out opposed to the current version of the healthcare bill.

Blum tweeted Tuesday afternoon: "#AHCA doesn't do enough to lower premiums for hardworking Americans. I'm a "no" on current version - need to drive down actual costs!"

The controversial bill would remove the healthcare mandate and add tax credits. But the Congressional Budget Office estimates 14 million people would lose coverage.

It's unclear whether this bill has enough support to pass ahead of a vote Thursday.

"It's a process, it's like making sausage. Sometimes it's not very pleasant. I don't see Thursday as the end of this process even if the bill is pulled, because there aren't enough votes. I see it as the beginning," Blum told KCRG-TV9's Washington bureau Tuesday.

Last week, Rep. David Young (R-IA3) told KMA Radio in southwest Iowa that he's not supporting the bill, nor is he opposing it. KCRG-TV9 has reached out to his office for an update on his position.

And Rep. Steve King (R-IA4) has previously said the bill doesn't go far enough in repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare." But his office says the congressman has not taken an official position.