Counting the votes

Republicans on Capitol hill are counting the votes to see if they can repeal Obamacare this week.

(NBC News) – There’s a lot of vote-counting happening in Washington today.

Republicans are trying to figure out if they can repeal Obamacare this week — and replace it with a plan that could leave some sick patients paying more, “All signs are positive that they do have the votes,” said Rep. Chris Collins, (R) New York.

They’ve got two more days to convince nearly a dozen lawmakers to vote “yes” on a plan that President Trump insists will cover pre-existing conditions.

But what’s on the table now could allow sick patients in some states to be charged more for health insurance. “Extremely high rates – 3, 4, 5 times what the normal rate would be,” said Karen Pollitz of the Kaiser Family Foundation.

“…if done wrong could really cause a lot of damage to millions of people,” said Rep. Jim Himes, (D) Connecticut.

A vote could happen before Congress takes a break Thursday. The White House is optimistic. “Confident in the direction this is going,” said White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.

The White House also explaining why the president said he’d be willing to meet with North Korea’s leader.

Mr. Trump told Bloomberg: “if it would be appropriate for me to meet with him, I would absolutely, I would be honored to do it.”

It’s something no sitting U.S. President has ever done.

And the White House says with tensions high over North Korea’s missile tests, it’s not happening anytime soon.