Claim: Bannon demanded Freedom Caucus votes on healthcare bill


White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon reportedly told members of the House Freedom Caucus that they had no choice but to vote for the now-shelved Republican healthcare bill aimed at repealing and replacing Obamacare.

According to Axios, Bannon met with the group of House conservatives earlier this week during the White House’s campaign for the American Health Care Act.

“Guys, look,” Bannon reportedly said. “This is not a discussion. This is not a debate. You have no choice but to vote for this bill.”

One Freedom Caucus member reportedly replied: “You know, the last time someone ordered me to do something, I was 18 years old. And it was my daddy. And I didn’t listen to him, either.”

Members of the Freedom Caucus met with President Trump at the White House on Thursday, but the president reportedly chose not to discuss policy specifics of the healthcare bill.

Many Freedom Caucus members believed the proposed bill did not go far enough toward dismantling Obamacare and were pushing for additional changes to the Republican plan.

Trump aimed a Friday morning tweet at the conservative caucus, contending that funding for Planned Parenthood would continue should members vote against the GOP plan.

“The irony is that the Freedom Caucus, which is very pro-life and against Planned Parenthood, allows P.P. to continue if they stop this plan!” Trump wrote.

H/T: The Hill

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