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House GOP leaders delay vote on health care bill after failed negotiations: AP

Posted: 1:35 PM, Mar 23, 2017
Updated: 2017-03-23 19:39:04-04

WASHINGTON — House GOP leaders will not vote on the health care bill, the latest setback for President Trump and Speaker Ryan to repeal the Affordable Care Act, a source told the Associated Press.

Earlier, the chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus said there was “no deal” on the GOP health care legislation after a meeting at the White House with President Donald Trump.

The assertion from Congressman Mark Meadows of North Carolina throws plans for a vote on the bill later Thursday into doubt.

Two dozen or so Freedom Caucus members have opposed the legislation pushed by GOP leaders, saying it doesn’t go far enough to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

But the group had been negotiating directly with the White House in hopes of reaching agreement to eliminate additional requirements on insurers.

Without a deal with the Freedom Caucus, and with moderate-leaning members defecting, it seems unlikely GOP leaders will have the votes they need to go forward with a vote later Thursday as they had planned.