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White House Push Fails to Get GOP Votes for Healthcare Bill

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Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C. (AP Photo)

By    |   Wednesday, 05 Apr 2017 11:01 AM

The latest White House push for a Republican healthcare bill has failed to convince some conservatives and moderates to support the proposed Obamacare replacement, Politico reported.

Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus maintain Vice President Mike Pence, chief of staff Reince Priebus, and budget director Mick Mulvaney offered to repeal major Obamacare regulations.

But moderates, who met with the same Trump team, said they came away with the understanding the changes would not be drastic.

And a late night meeting with Pence and leaders of all the Republican caucuses failed to resolve their differences, according to Politico.

"There were no agreements [Tuesday night] in principle, and certainly no agreements in terms of a foundation," Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, R-N.C., said Tuesday night as he left the meeting.

Meadows said "there's a whole lot of things we have to work out in terms of differences."

The meeting ended just before 11 p.m., after more than two hours, with no breakthrough, USA Today reported.

"It was a very productive meeting, we're making progress," said Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C.

But he said there was still no bill text and there were still substantive issues to work out before a bill could be drafted. Lawmakers planned to meet again Wednesday.

A Republican leadership aide told the newspaper convincing members of the Freedom Caucus to support the bill could lose votes from moderate Republicans in Congress.

And convincing moderates to support the bill would likely lose the votes from Freedom Caucus members, the aide noted saying, nothing has yet changed that would get the necessary increase in total Republican votes to pass the bill.

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