House Freedom Caucus endorses Republicans’ revised health care plan; centrists still wary

The hard-line conservatives who helped sink Republicans’ first Obamacare repeal attempt reversed course Wednesday and officially endorsed the latest plan designed to slash costs for healthy Americans, giving congressional leaders a critical boost as they seek a do-over.

The House Freedom Caucus’ support will heap pressure on Republican centrists, who also resisted the first go-around last month but who will now be called upon to get the repeal bill over the finish line.

“While the revised version still does not fully repeal Obamacare, we are prepared to support it to keep our promise to the American people to lower health care costs,” the Freedom Caucus said in a statement.

The endorsement is the direct result of a proposal brokered by Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows of North Carolina and Rep. Thomas MacArthur, a centrist from New Jersey. It would allow states to opt out of parts of Obamacare requiring insurers to cover “essential” benefits such as maternity and mental health care or prescription drugs.

5 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Pete Bundy says:

    This does not look like a repeal and replace but more of a patch job. So again my question to the house and senate is what were you doing for the last 8/4 years? All I heard was we need the house. We need the house and senate. We need the house, senate and white house. Well you have all three so no more excuses. You have less than two years.

  • Glenn says:

    Ryan even admitted that the bill the people need and require can NOT be allowed. A bill written for the people would not pas due to regulations and rules of either the House or Senate. So what we will end up with is ObamaCare 2.0 and more problems with higher premiums. Get the government out of the health care business.

  • Humble Servant says:

    The only way to preserve life and liberty is to get the government out of health care. The government has never run a business successfully in all of its history. The problem I see is to hold ones ability to care because they are paying the bill. If they do not make it so we all have to be invested in the cost of our care we will lose control of the care we need. The costs are too great because no one was paying for it, everyone was. If there was an option to pay cash for ones services as they occurred and we had the ability to call for pricing the best would float to the top of the list and we would be able to afford them. When our health care is run like our power companies who can control the costs? The conglomerates, like healthcare and energy, are too big to change. They require too much money to operate because of the inefficiencies of their size and structure. They are profit driven and not customer driven, they don’t have to be customer driven because they have a captive revenue stream that has been driven to their products and services. Learn to be take care of yourself and to be a smart shopper. The way you spend your money will control what they do.

  • Mort Leith says:

    If this new bill doesn’t include the ability to compete across State lines to lower costs, and keep the refuse to deny for pre-existing conditions,,

    then it is STILL garbage

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