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Conservative House leader urges GOP to not give up on ObamaCare repeal

Conservative House leader urges GOP to not give up on ObamaCare repeal
© Greg Nash

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), the chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, is urging Republicans not to give up on efforts to repeal ObamaCare even after a measure was defeated in the Senate.  

“I just think that we've got to regroup and continue to stay involved and find something that has 51 votes in the Senate that we can make work,” Meadows told reporters. 

Republican efforts to repeal ObamaCare have appeared dead before, only to come back to life. Notably, the House had to pull its bill from the floor before eventually passing it later.

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But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellJuan Williams: Trump’s policies on race are more important than his rhetoric It’s Mitch McConnell’s Washington – and we’re just living in it Trump makes new overtures to Democrats MORE (R-Ky.) seemed to say the effort was over early Friday morning when he said “it is time to move on” after the failed vote. Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanElection Countdown: Cruz, O'Rourke fight at pivotal point | Ryan hitting the trail for vulnerable Republicans | Poll shows Biden leading Dem 2020 field | Arizona Senate debate tonight Paul Ryan to campaign for 25 vulnerable House Republicans GOP super PAC pushes back on report it skipped ad buys for California's Rohrabacher, Walters MORE (R-Wis.) released a statement signaling a pivot to tax reform, while President Trump suggested he would wait for the healthcare law to “implode” on its own.

Asked about McConnell's comments, Meadows said, “I understand that. I still believe that we can make it work.”

Meadows said he has been in touch with senators over the past couple weeks. 

Separately, Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzBeto O'Rourke will not share million he raised with other Dem Senate candidates Election Countdown: Cruz, O'Rourke fight at pivotal point | Ryan hitting the trail for vulnerable Republicans | Poll shows Biden leading Dem 2020 field | Arizona Senate debate tonight Donald Trump Jr. blasts Beto O’Rourke: ‘Irish guy pretending to be Hispanic’ MORE (R-Texas) said after the vote that he thinks the repeal effort is not over and that pressure from constituents back home could bring lawmakers back to the table.