Connelly endorsed by Freedom Caucus chairman in SC race

Judith Bessette
Abril 17, 2017

"Preventing insurers from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions is one of the most popular parts of ObamaCare".

The group of seriously conservative lawmakers in the House banded together to prevent the president from claiming a victory on health care reform.

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said there were "two options" on the table and he expected to hear back from House Speaker Paul Ryan about them.

In March, House leadership and the White House failed to strike a deal with the House Freedom Caucus on repealing Obamacare, and the legislation died.

White House efforts to appease staunch conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus have been broadly credited with sinking the first attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare last month.

Since then, Meadows has been in frequent contact with his fellow Republicans, GOP leaders, and Vice President Mike Pence in hopes of brokering a deal that repeals some of Obamacare's insurance regulations-which conservatives say drove up the cost of premiums-but also protects sick patients.

US ambassador to UN says no question of Russian interference
Security Council this month. "President Trump has agreed, and this administration agrees, that Russia's involvement in Ukraine is wrong".

"What I'm getting to him is based on conversations that I've had with (Tuesday Group co-chairman) Rep. Tom MacArthur and leadership, but I wouldn't say that it's approved at this point", Meadows told the publication.

While made up of GOP congressional members, the 30-odd member Freedom Caucus has been thorn in the side of House Republican leaders.

According to Axios, the Republican has talked to both Dent and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, about reforming the health care system.

During Congress's current spring recess, GOP lawmakers have faced pressure from constituents at town halls to vote against repeal and protect the pre-existing condition provisions. We clearly are getting closer, more votes are moving in our direction and these ideas are very helpful as we are getting closer.

Connelly is running for the seat that until recently was held by U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney, one of the founding members of the Freedom Caucus.

At Amash's town hall meeting in a high school auditorium in Battle Creek, Michigan, 34-year-old Eric Smith told Reuters that "if I had to choose between Justin and Trump, I'd go with Justin for sure".

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