Rep. MacArthur Has Gone Rogue In Health Law Negotiations, Fellow Moderates Accuse
Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.) has been working with members of the Freedom Caucus to salvage the Republican health care plan, but his fellow moderate lawmakers say he's doing it without their backing.
Moderates Chafe At Republican Health Care Compromise
Rep. Tom MacArthur has singlehandedly kept the embers of the failed repeal-and-replace effort burning, huddling with the hard-line conservative Freedom Caucus to try to forge a deal. The negotiations have allowed the White House and GOP congressional leaders to insist that despite their embarrassing failure to pass health care legislation last month, they're still making progress. But the MacArthur-as-Republican health care savior narrative has bothered some GOP moderates, who say the New Jersey lawmaker is flying solo in negotiations with the Freedom Caucus. (Cheney, Bade and Jennings, 4/26)
The Associated Press:
Leading GOP Moderate Opposes Plan To Move House Health Bill
Leading House conservatives are saying good things about a plan to revive the GOP health care bill. But an influential GOP House moderate is opposing the proposal, leaving party leaders to assess whether the idea could help one of President Donald Trump’s premier but most problematic priorities spring back to life. Republican lawmakers were meeting Wednesday to consider how to rescue the GOP drive to repeal much of President Barack Obama’s health care law. (Fram and Taylor, 4/26)