The conservative House Freedom Caucus announced Wednesday that it will support the Congressional Republican’s bill to repeal Obamacare given the new changes, and urged other party members to get behind it as well.
The group of about 30 hardliners was blamed for the failed House vote on the bill in March after it became clear the GOP didn’t have enough votes to pass it.
Although House Republican leaders say they are still short of the votes needed to pass the legislation on Wednesday, they feel optimistic about the progress.
House chief deputy whip Patrick McHenry said, “It’s only a matter of time now,” following the endorsement by Freedom Caucus of the measure.
Amendments to the bill, brokered by Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows and centrist Rep. Tom MacArthur, paved the way for conservative support, putting them closer to the 216 votes needed.
The Daily Caller reports:
The MacArthur amendment — negotiated between Tuesday Group Co-Chairman Tom MacArthur and House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows — would allow states to waive out of a number of Obamacare’s Title I regulations, a sticking point for conservatives who felt it was the only way to truly bring down premiums.
However, moderate Republicans are skeptical. As of Wednesday, members of the centrist Tuesday Group said they were either still on the fence or completely opposed.