On Thursday, for the second time in a month, House Republicans announced that they were cancelling a vote on a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. This time, the measure under consideration was a compromise bill, worked out over several weeks of negotiations between two Republicans: Mark Meadows, a North Carolinian and the head of the right-wing Freedom Caucus; and Tom MacArthur, a New Jerseyan who is co-chair of the Tuesday Group, a coalition of more centrist House Republicans. In late March, opposition from the Freedom Caucus torpedoed the G.O.P.’s initial push to replace Obamacare. The theory now was that if the leaders of these two groups—a right-winger from the South and a businessman from the Northeast—could reach a compromise on an amended version of the bill, then the measure would be able to attract the two hundred and sixteen votes it needs to pass the House.



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