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Conservative Changes to ObamaCare Replacement May Have Banks on Board

Indiana Republican would be the fourth to give approval

WASHINGTON, D.C.--After meeting with Pres. Donald Trump, Rep. Jim Banks (R), of Indiana's 3rd District, says he will support the bill to replace ObamaCare, as long as the changes he discussed with Trump stay in place. Banks had previously been non-committal on the American Health Care Act.

“It was an honor to meet with President Trump this morning in the Oval Office. I appreciate the President making time to meet with conservatives to hear our concerns about repealing and replacing Obamacare," said Banks.

The meeting with Trump was at the White House along with other members of the Republican Study Committee.

“During our discussion, President Trump agreed to several significant conservative changes to the American Health Care Act, including Medicaid block grants, work requirements for Medicaid recipients and important pro-life protections. President Trump personally assured me that he is 100 percent behind this bill and views its passage as a critical priority," said Banks.

“While this legislation is far from perfect and not the Obamacare replacement plan I had hoped to support, it is a substantial improvement from the mandates, burdens and failures of Obamacare. I committed to President Trump that I would support this plan if it contains the changes we agreed to today. Passing this bill will begin the process of rolling back Obamacare, enacting free market reforms and improving health care for all Americans.”

Rep. Susan Brooks, Rep. Jackie Walorski and Dr. Larry Bucshon have given their stamp of approval to the plan. 

Republican Congressmen Todd Rokita and Luke Messer had also announced his support for the bill before the C-B-O report. Messer says the C-B-O projections aren't necessarily gospel, but says the bill is still a work in progress -- in part because the current version doesn't appear to have enough votes in either the House or the Senate. And Messer argues many people who technically have insurance under the current law have high deductibles which limit its usefulness. 

 

PHOTO: Courtesy Jim Banks

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