Freedom Caucus: Not Enough Changes, Health Bill Won't Pass

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, says he's not anxious about losing his seat in 2018 if the ObamaCare repeal plan fails.

Failure to pass the package as approved by the House Way and Means, Energy and Commerce and Budget Committee in recent weeks would be a major embarrassment for House Speaker Paul Ryan and President Donald Trump as both have lobbied hard for he package in the past two days and have offered revisions aimed at luring conservative support.

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, called the meeting "terribly frustrating".

"I'm very encouraged that we might be seeing some real headway", Meadows told reporters before a caucus meeting.

The head of the U.S. House Freedom Caucus said his group of conservative Republican lawmakers remained opposed to Republican leaders' proposed bill to rollback Obamacare, raising doubts about the legislation's future ahead of a planned Thursday vote.

At least 25 members of the caucus, which doesn't publicize its membership, are prepared to vote against the American Health Care Act, according to a spokeswoman. Because Republicans can only afford to lose 21 votes, if that number holds the bill is sunk.

"I'm still a no, because the bill we're now considering does not lower premiums for the vast majority of Americans", Meadows said.

Meadows and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), another Freedom Caucus member, said after Trump's address they're still opposed to the bill.

"I don't think they'll pull the bill".

Trump specifically singled out Meadows as an opponent to the measure, saying, "I think Mark Meadows will get there, too".

  • Leroy Wright