GOP leaders aim to woo conservatives with amendments to health care bill

GOP leaders aim to woo conservatives with amendments to health care bill
  1. GOP leaders aim to woo conservatives with amendments to health care bill
    House Republican leadership released a slew of amendments to the Obamacare replacement bill on Monday evening, an attempt to wrangle conservative votes for the party’s biggest campaign promise which is … Click to Continue »…

House Republican leadership released a slew of amendments to the Obamacare replacement bill on Monday evening, an attempt to wrangle conservative votes for the party’s biggest campaign promise which is set to go in front of the full House for a vote on Thursday.

The amendments include overtures to conservatives such as immediately halting the ability for new states to expand Medicaid and allowing states to implement “reasonable” work requirements for Medicaid recipients.

But some conservative members were undeterred by the proposed changes, and Mark Meadows, R-N.C, said he thinks the legislation won’t have enough votes to pass. If 21 Republicans vote against the bill, it will fail.

“Currently there are not enough votes to pass the legislation,” Meadows said.

Republican leadership praised the proposed changes.

“Our legislation includes ideas from Republican members who are committed to improving health care for patients and families across the country,” said Energy and Commerce Committee chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore., and Ways and Means Committee chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, in a joint statement. “We're confident these changes will set AHCA up for success in the House. We look forward to working with our Senate colleagues to get this bill over the finish line and send it to the President as quickly as possible.”

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Just before the amendments were announced a group of conservative lawmakers dubbed the Freedom Caucus met at a Capitol Hill restaurant. Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Mike Lee of Utah voiced their opposition, enough votes to sink the bill in the Senate.

A number of Republicans, including Rep. Joe Barton of Texas, said they were inclined to vote against the legislation after the meeting.

Barton, a former chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, described himself as a “friendly lean no.”

While most of the amendments were targeted to win over conservative votes and align with many of the recommendations passed by the Budget Committee last week, a provision designed to lure Repub…

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