Mar 22, 2017

Freedom Caucus chairman: White House meeting didn't help

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House Freedom Caucus chairman Mark Meadows says his meeting with Vice President Mike Pence this morning didn't change conservatives' opposition to the House Obamacare replacement bill — and that as of now, there still aren't enough votes to pass it. Meadows told reporters the White House and the Freedom Caucus are still at odds over one major demand: The conservatives want the bill to repeal Obamacare's health insurance regulations, which the White House and GOP leaders say they can't do.

"The main sticking point is the same that it's been. If we don't lower premiums, this bill does not do enough."

The conservatives met with Pence, White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, and senior policy adviser Stephen Miller, according to Rep. Justin Amash. House Freedom Caucus spokeswoman Alyssa Farah tweeted: "BREAKING: more than 25 Freedom Caucus 'No's' on AHCA -- group says "start over."

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