Senate GOP invites female senator to healthcare group after criticism

Senate GOP invites female senator to healthcare group after criticism
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Senate Republican leaders invited Sen. Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Moore CapitoThe Hill's 12:30 Report GOP adds billion in opioid money to healthcare bill Medicaid becomes big threat to GOP’s healthcare revival MORE (R-W.Va.) Tuesday to participate in a meeting of a special working group on healthcare reform after being criticized for not initially including a woman in the 13-member group.

It's not clear whether Capito will join the group permanently.

Capito told reporters she had been invited to Tuesday’s session but wasn’t certain whether she would be a full-time member.

“I don’t know,” she said, when asked about her status going forward.

“We’re going to be talking about Medicaid; that’s the issue I’m concerned about,” Capito, whose state accepted ObamaCare's Medicaid expansion, added.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellTea Party chief on McConnellCare: Amend it or kill it GOP senator: 'Everybody wants to get to yes' on healthcare Paul: ‘I get the sense we’re still at an impasse’ on healthcare MORE (R-Ky.) has put the group together to forge legislation to repeal and replace parts of ObamaCare.

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It includes members of his leadership team such as Senate Republican Whip John CornynJohn CornynUnresolved issues, very little time for Senate GOP GOP infighting erupts over healthcare bill Senators urge Trump to do right thing with arms sales to Taiwan MORE (R-Texas) and Senate Republican Conference Chairman John ThuneJohn Thune Senate panel approves aviation bill without Trump’s spinoff plan Behind closed doors, tensions in the GOP Pro-Trump group pulls ads targeting GOP senator on ObamaCare repeal MORE (R-S.D.); key committee chairmen, such as Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin HatchOrrin HatchPETA’s call for bacon defense sparks response from Hatch Medicaid becomes big threat to GOP’s healthcare revival Unresolved issues, very little time for Senate GOP MORE (R-Utah); and influential conservatives and moderates such as Sens. Ted CruzTed CruzTea Party chief on McConnellCare: Amend it or kill it Paul: ‘I get the sense we’re still at an impasse’ on healthcare Koch-backed group launches new ads on tax reform MORE (R-Texas) and Rob PortmanRob PortmanThe Hill's 12:30 Report GOP adds billion in opioid money to healthcare bill Portman gets in heated clash with McConnell on ObamaCare repeal: report MORE (R-Ohio).

The group, however, did not initially include a woman, stirring controversy in the media and criticism from Democrats because the House healthcare bill passed last week includes a number of provisions affecting women’s health, such as language defunding Planned Parenthood for a year.

Sen. Susan CollinsSusan CollinsGOP senators: Trump attack on MSNBC hosts 'beneath the dignity' of his office Paul: ‘I get the sense we’re still at an impasse’ on healthcare Medicaid becomes big threat to GOP’s healthcare revival MORE (R-Maine), who has voiced concerns about efforts to defund Planned Parenthood and has sponsored an alternative bill to repeal ObamaCare in states that opt to, says she will continue to work on healthcare issues separately from the group.