Freedom Caucus leader is flirting with saving Obamacare
Freedom Caucus leader is flirting with saving Obamacare, 08/11/2017
Donald Trump’s archconservative allies in the House are trying to keep the Obamacare repeal dream alive — but one key member is also starting discussions about fixing the law.
Freedom Caucus Chair Rep. Mark Meadows has started negotiating a deal with a top House moderate, Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ), which would work to stabilize Obamacare’s individual markets, funding key payments to insurers while giving states more flexibility for their own health care programs.
Meanwhile, on Friday, while most of Congress was home on recess, three House Freedom Caucus members — Reps. Jim Jordan (R-OH), Scott Perry (PA), Tom Garrett (VA) — were on the House floor introducing and signing a discharge petition that would force the House to vote on a clean Obamacare repeal bill.
Republicans have been stuck in an intra-party battle between reviving Obamacare repeal or moving on and taking small steps to stabilize the law since last month’s failure in the Senate. The Freedom Caucus is now at the heart of that predicament: While they make a very public gesture to force another repeal vote, their leader is also setting up a scenario in which the law could largely remain in place.Two way street, twenty like thisFreedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one. A. J. Liebling
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