USA Today (4/11, Collins) reports Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, “intends to deliver an” ACA “repeal and replacement plan to House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis...that would leave in place the existing law’s mandates for insurers to cover people with pre-existing conditions.” Meadows stated, “What I’m getting to him is based on conversations that I’ve had with (Tuesday Group co-chairman) Tom MacArthur and leadership, but I wouldn’t say that it’s approved at this point.” The article adds that in March, GOP leaders pulled the first version of the American Health Care Act from the floor due to lack of support from Republicans.
The Hill (4/11, Hellmann) reports Meadows said GOP lawmakers are “close” to a deal on a proposal to repeal and replace the ACA. He added that “he expects to hear back from Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.)...about ‘two options’ on the table,” although he did not provide any details. Meadows is also quoted as saying, “The biggest thing for all of us is we want to make sure we don’t just have repeal, but we have a replacement that drives down insurance premiums.”
The Washington Examiner (4/11, King) reports that White House press secretary Sean Spicer discussed Meadows’ comments, saying, “More votes are moving in our direction and these ideas are very helpful.”