Thursday, April 6, 2017
Mark Meadows outlines latest House Freedom Caucus Obamacare repeal demands
-- Rep. Mark Meadows, chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, said Thursday that he and other members of the caucus would vote in favor of a bill to repeal Obamacare if it includes allowing states to opt out of three of the law's mandates, including guaranteeing that insurers will offer a plan to customers regardless of their health status.
"If those offers that were made over the last couple of days [were in the bill], the majority if not all of the Freedom Caucus will vote for this bill," Meadows said, speaking at an event in Washington hosted by Politico Playbook.
The mandate requiring insurers to offer coverage to those with pre-existing conditions, known as guaranteed issue, was not raised by Meadow in an interview with the Washington Examiner last week, when negotiations were focused on a total repeal of the mandates at the federal level. Since then, however, talks have shifted to allowing states to waive various provisions, and members of the House Freedom Caucus have broadly been opposed to a range of Obamacare mandates.