Key Conservative Group Gets On Board With House Obamacare Repeal Bill

Saturday, March 18, 2017
By Paul Martin


Republican Study Committee Chairman Mark Walker said he and the eight members of their steering committee have opted to support the House GOP’s Obamacare repeal after meeting with the administration Friday.

The group, which is the largest Republican caucus on Capitol Hill, was swayed after President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Office of Management And Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney agreed to comply with two of the group’s requests — work requirements for able-bodied Medicaid recipients and Medicaid block grants for states.

“Probably the big win for conservatives for two decades — the president did agree to block options for the states,” Walker told reporters. “So we’re excited about that. It is moving something conservatives have been pushing for years.”

Language has not been finalized concerning whether states would have a choice between per capita caps or a block grants, the South Carolina Republican elaborated. Whether the proposed work requirements will be mandatory is also up in the air.

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