Jan 26, 2017

Freedom Caucus worried about Obamacare retreat

Members of the hardline House Freedom Caucus aren't happy with what Rep. Greg Walden, chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee that oversees health policy, told Politico:

"I don't care what you call it. It needs to be fixed," [Walden] said. "We need to work aggressively on the repairs to the individual market, to Obamacare. Some might call that replacement. I call that a rebuild. I call it repair."

Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows responded that Obamacare can't be fixed and Republicans need to "keep their word to the American people and get rid of this law once and for all."

Why this matters: "Rebuild and repair" is not the same as "repeal and replace." When we spoke to John McCain today — he'd just emerged from morning sessions with Republican House members and Senators at their retreat in Philadelphia — he told us that there are disagreements within the conference about Obamacare tactics.

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