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Mark Meadows: We Are Trying to Move Phase 2 of Obamacare Repeal into Phase 1

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), the chair of the House Freedom Caucus, said Thursday that Congressional Republicans are trying to move “phase two” of Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) plan to repeal and replace Obamacare into “phase one.”

“Phase one” originally included only the American Health Care Act (AHCA), a reconciliation bill that tweaked various mechanisms of the 2010 health care law. “Phase two” included measures by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to eliminate various regulations enacted during the previous administration.

Dissatisfied House conservatives, like Meadows, have demanded that elimination of the regulations be included in the reconciliation bill, leading to a split among congressional Republicans.

GOP leadership in Congress and the White House had hoped to pass the bill through the House Thursday, but that goal remains in doubt.