Virginia Congressman and Freedom Caucus member on future of healthcare

Virginia Congressman and Freedom Caucus member on future of healthcare

Even though the Republican Health Care Bill didn't have enough support in the U.S. House to pass, Congressman Jim Jordan is still optimistic there will be a new nationwide health care plan.

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., the head of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, "is a pathological liar who isn't interested in getting to yes", one House GOP colleague told The Hill. "What we're trying to do is work through issues that are important to all of us but make sure that pre-existing conditions are taken care of".

There are arguably more hard "no" votes (members not likely to be convinced to move to "yes") for the GOP leadership's plan among moderate Republicans than there are among the members of the Freedom Caucus.

White House efforts to appease staunch conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus have been broadly credited with sinking the first attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare last month.

Meadows said that if a deal comes together then the House could vote soon, possibly even returning to Washington early.

"What I'm getting to him is based on conversations that I've had with (Tuesday Group co-chairman) Tom MacArthur and leadership, but I wouldn't say that it's approved at this point", he told the paper.

The conservative caucus backed a plan from Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., that would require insurers to cover patients with pre-existing conditions so long as they maintained continuous coverage. Worse, this week it was reported that Trump is officially putting tax reform on hold to give health care another go.

The Republican establishment attacks on Rep. Scott Perry and the other members of the Freedom Caucus for failing to support the American Healthcare Act has caused much dismay and disappointment among us Republicans who still believe in liberty. The only victor in both cases would be further growth of government bureaucracy, and the large health systems and insurance companies (special interests) feeding at the trough of taxpayer subsidies - probably the real reason for the Republican establishment's lost zeal for repeal.

"We're very close. The biggest thing for all of us is we want to make sure we don't just have repeal, but we have a replacement that drives down insurance premiums", he said.

With members of Congress now on recess, work on a a new healthcare bill is at a stand still.

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