‘No deal’ yet for Republican healthcare bill as House prepares to vote

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Trump invited members of the Freedom Caucus, who are opposed to the plan on ideological grounds, to the White House for another round of negotiating

Donald Trump has still not been reached a deal with conservatives rebelling against the plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act, as eleventh-hour negotiations continue with the White House confident there will be enough supporting of the legislation to pass the bill on Thursday.

The president invited members of the Freedom Caucus, a alliance of hard-right conservatives who are opposed to the plan on ideological grounds, to the White House for another round of negotiating on Thursday morning. After the meeting, the caucus chairman said there was no deal yet.

There are not enough votes as of 1.30 today, North Carolina congressman Mark Meadows, president of the House Freedom Caucus, told reporters after the meeting with the president. He added: Im hoping to get to a yes before 7 oclock tonight.

The Freedom Caucus members believe the bill doesnt are sufficient in undoing the ACA, also known as Obamacare, and lowering premiums. They want the Republican plan to strip away the ACAs essential benefits, the ten benefits an insurer must offer in their health plan, including maternity care, mental health services and prescription drugs.

The White House called the session between the president and more than 30 members of the Freedom Caucus a positive step toward repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. Trump will meet with members of the moderate Tuesday Group on Thursday afternoon.

During the daily press briefing, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said on Thursday that he expects the House to press ahead with a vote by the end of the day. Its gonna pass so thats it.

Barack Obama on Thursday defended his signature domestic policy accomplishment, the Affordable Care Act, on its seventh anniversary, as Republican attempt to repeal the law which expanded healthcare for millions of Americans teetered in the balance.

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