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WashPost: 3 Freedom Caucus Members May Back Health Plan

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Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

By    |   Tuesday, 25 Apr 2017 09:04 PM

Three members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus are prepared to back a new plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, though Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina said Tuesday "there's no definitive statement yet."

The Washington Post reported White House officials said Meadows, the caucus chairman, along with Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Raúl Labrador of Idaho have signaled they would support the revised proposal.

"We've got a meeting tomorrow night," Jordan told the Post, refusing to elaborate.

Labrador would not comment.

In addition, another legislator close to the Freedom Caucus told the Post the three Republicans were prepared to support the reworked healthcare bill.

House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the American Health Care Act from a floor vote twice last month because of strong opposition from Freedom Caucus members.

President Donald Trump has restarted talks in hopes of trying to get healthcare legislation passed before he marks his 100th day in office Saturday.

According to the Post, key to the revised bill is a provision that would allow states to opt out of some Obamacare requirements, including certain core benefits that have been outlined by the federal government.

Insurers would still be required to cover preexisting conditions, but they could charge higher premiums for such protection, the Post reported.

Meadows and New Jersey Rep. Tom MacArthur, who heads a moderate group of Republicans called the Tuesday Group, negotiated the compromise, according to the Post.

No text of the new legislation was available Tuesday.

"The key to getting this across the finish line doesn't rest with the Tuesday Group, it rests with the Freedom Caucus," New York Rep. Chris Collins, a member of the moderate group, told the Post.

Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks, a Freedom Caucus member who vehemently opposed AHCA, said he was optimistic that "more power [was being] given to states to determine the insurance company-state-citizen relationship.

"Essential benefits and all the other mandates may be affordable in a wealthy state, but unaffordable in a poorer state like Mississippi or Alabama that causes people to go from some insurance to no health insurance," he said.

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Three members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus are prepared to back a new plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, though Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina said Tuesday "there's no definitive statement yet."
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