The conservative Freedom Caucus said the House GOP’s legislation to replace Obamacare, which is scheduled to go to vote on Thursday, is far from getting their support and lacks the votes to pass the lower chamber.
The influential group was joined by Republican senators Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Lee of Utah and Rand Paul of Kentucky who have also expressed their disapproval of the leadership-backed American Health Care Act during their caucus meeting on Monday.
The Freedom Caucus has repeatedly voiced their concerns about the bill particularly on tax credits, the 30 percent increase in premiums for dropping coverage and its timeline to roll back Medicaid expansion.
Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-NC) said they were told that the amendments they plan to suggest likely won’t be taken seriously by the authors of the bill.
Despite the divide, the House leadership remains optimistic that Republicans will arrive to a consensus.
The Daily Caller reports:
Negotiations will continue said Meadows, a South Carolina Republican, noting leadership has continued to ask what it will take to get them to yes. He said he’s hopeful they will reach a consensus before the bill comes to the floor.
“I think that cooler heads will prevail and we will find a way to get to yes with some reasonable amendments that are negotiated in good faith negotiations,” he said.