(THE HILL) — The leader of a key group of conservatives on Friday said the House healthcare reform bill still doesn’t have the votes to pass the lower chamber despite changes.
In an interview filmed for C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers” program, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said there are at least 40 House Republicans who are opposed to the legislation and another 20 to 30 who are undecided. If every member votes and all Democrats vote no, GOP leaders can’t afford more than 21 defections.
The chairman of the House Freedom Caucus made his comments before House GOP leaders announced Friday they are making modifications to the Obamacare repeal and replace bill that had been sought by the conservative Republican Study Committee (RSC).
A Freedom Caucus source Friday afternoon said, “The Freedom Caucus remains opposed to the [legislation] in its current form. Today’s announcement of the RSC’s support for the bill doesn’t change that. If the bill were brought to the floor today, it would fail to get enough votes.”
During the interview — which will appear on C-SPAN Sunday at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. — Meadows suggested he knew changes were coming, but indicated they wouldn’t be enough to get his support. For example, he expressed major reservations with the voluntary Medicaid work requirements in the revised bill, which he described as “a step backward.”
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