Trump’s biggest meeting before healthcare vote will determine fate of bill


Before the House votes on the healthcare bill Thursday, President Trump plans to get together at 11:30 a.m. with conservative House Freedom Caucus members and Vice President Mike Pence to discuss an agreement regarding the plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Freedom Caucus chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and President Trump have come to an “agreement in principle.” Meadows told reporters a few final details still need to be ironed out with the White House.

Meadows said on Wednesday that the GOP would not have enough votes to pass the bill and advised them to “start over,” so that the new, negotiated changes to the GOP healthcare proposal now include adding “essential health benefits and other insurance regulations in Title I of the existing health law,” according to the report.

“I think what we’re trying to do now is make sure that our agreement is actually something that can be executed in a way that passes the Senate,” said Meadows. “There’s still work to be done, but I can tell you that the president is all engaged.”

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