The woes continued for the Senate GOP's healthcare bill Friday afternoon when House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, R-N.C., said the legislation will not pass in the House as is.
Senate Republicans made their healthcare bill public Thursday, seven weeks after the House passed the American Health Care Act. The Senate renamed it the Better Care Reconciliation Act after reworking it.
A spokesman for Meadows said the legislation does not have enough support from House conservatives.
"Rep. Meadows believes the current version of the Senate bill would not have the conservative support to pass through the House, but we're optimistic that the issues can be resolved," Ben Williamson told The Hill.
The Freedom Caucus opposed the first version of the American Health Care Act, which led to a planned March 24 vote being canceled. The bill was then altered to appease the conservative group in order to get the votes.
Senate leadership wants to hold a floor vote on the healthcare bill next Thursday ahead of lawmakers' July 4 recess.
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