Monday, April 10, 2017

House Freedom Caucus Shows Support For New Obamacare Repeal

The House Freedom Caucus (HFC) is signaling its willingness to throw support behind Republicans’ newest plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.
Following the humiliating defeat of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) in March, the White House and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan are desperately trying to court conservatives and moderate Republicans behind some version of Obamacare repeal.
HFC Chairman, Congressman Mark Meadows, proved to be a formidable roadblock for President Donald Trump and Republican leadership during the first repeal effort. The North Carolina congressman was able to whip conservatives into standing against the AHCA, which, in addition to unanimous Democratic opposition, proved enough to kill it.
HFC Chairman, Congressman Mark Meadows
The chairman said Thursday that the group wants to see health insurance waivers related to community ratings — a feature of Obamacare that bars insurers from charging different premium rates with exceptions based on age and cost-of-living.
“If those offers that were made over the last couple of days actually appear in the legislation, the majority, if not almost all of the Freedom Caucus, will vote for this bill,” Meadows told reporters Thursday.
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