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Koch political leader says GOP healthcare bill not conservative enough

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Leaders in Charles and David Koch’s influential political network bashed the new Senate Republican healthcare legislation aiming to replace the ObamaCare for not being conservative enough, The Associated Press reports.

Tim Phillips, the president of the Kochs’ political arm Americans For Prosperity, told reporters that they are “disappointed that movement has not been more dramatic toward a full repeal or a broader rollback of this law, ObamaCare.”

The new healthcare bill was quietly written by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel (R-Ky.) and a small number of Senate Republicans, and was criticized by both parties for its current provisions and the secretive drafting process. 

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Five Senate Republicans currently oppose the bill, which could afford only two defectors from the majority party in order to pass into law after a floor vote next week.

“We worked to make the House bill better and it did get better,” he said. “We’re doing the same thing on the Senate front.”

Vice President Mike Pence, who has long-held connections to the conservative Koch group, met privately with billionaire industrialist Charles Koch at a fundraising event for GOP Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado on Friday.

Pence also met with Phillips at the event. “It was a good, cordial discussion of issues, including health care,” Phillips said of the meeting.

The Congressional Budget Office said that the previous version of the healthcare overhaul bill approved in the House would leave 23 million more American uninsured.

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