The conservative House Freedom Caucus voted Monday night to oppose an ObamaCare repeal bill if it does not go as far as the repeal measure that passed in 2015, drawing a line in the sand that could complicate Republican repeal efforts.
Conservatives have been pushing for the 2015 repeal bill, which kills the core elements of the law including its subsidies, taxes, mandates and Medicaid expansion, to be brought up again. But the move Monday night to oppose an effort if it falls short of that bill is a significant new development.
Some more moderate Republicans are uneasy with repealing all of ObamaCare's taxes, and especially with repealing the Medicaid expansion. But if repeal of those areas is weakened, the Freedom Caucus now says it would oppose the bill.
"If it's less than 2015, we will oppose it," Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), the chairman of the Freedom Caucus, said after exiting the meeting.