Reichert votes ‘no’ on GOP health-care bill

U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert says the Republican health-care bill “falls short” on provisions for poor children and people with pre-existing medical conditions.

U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert voted against the Republican health-care bill, saying it “falls short” on provisions for poor children and people with pre-existing medical conditions — and has been rushed through without a proper vetting of costs.

Reichert, R-Auburn, announced his opposition just before the scheduled U.S. House vote on the measure, known as the American Health Care Act. The bill passed 217-213.

He was among 20 Republicans who voted against the bill. U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Vancouver, also voted no.

Reichert had remained uncommitted as the vote approached, despite personal appeals from President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

In a phone interview, Reichert said he waited so long because he was doing “due diligence” and collecting facts.

Asked about pressure from GOP leadership, Reichert said “what they wanted me to do was hold back and vote yes if they needed me to do that.”

“I don’t care. I have to do what I think is right,” he said, citing his previous career as King County sheriff. He said Pence called him again Thursday.

“I am in the world of politics, but I am like an oddity here. I am the…

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