Health care

Top Hill Republicans meet with Bannon on ObamaCare replacement, sources say

Congressman responds to the repeal plan

 

Rep. Mark Meadows and Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, among congressional Republicans skeptical about the GOP’s ObamaCare replacement plan, met this weekend with key figures in President Trump’s effort to pass and sign the legislation.

They met Saturday at Trump’s south Florida club, Mar-a-Lago, with White House strategist Steven Bannon and other administration staffers, sources told Fox News on Sunday.

The sources said the meeting focused on health care, particularly about crafting a bill that will pass in the Senate and accomplish the goal of lowering insurance premiums for Americans.

The bill, crafted by the House GOP leadership, could get a final vote in the lower chamber as early as Thursday. 

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told “Fox News Sunday” that the bill is still being refined but he’s confident about getting the minimum 218 votes.

However, he’ll need help from the roughly 30-member, conservative House Freedom Cause, led by Meadows, of North Carolina.

And several Senate Republicans have expressed concerns about the legislation.

Meadows; Lee, of Utah; and Cruz, of Texas, spoke last week at a Tea Party-style rally on Capitol Hill, at which they tried to create momentum to completely repeal and replace ObamaCare, amid the argument that the GOP plan is “ObamaCare lite.”

"The House plan has a lot of problems,” Cruz, told the crowd.

He told CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday that he would not support the bill as it stood.

Fox News’ Kristin Brown and Serafin Gomez contributed to this report.