House Republicans warn Senate: Keep 'crucial' conservative items in health care bill

- A group of House Republicans on Wednesday expressed “serious concerns” regarding the Senate’s health care bill, detailing in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that the bill must include the “crucial” items in the conservatives’ agenda – or risk losing the support of key party members.

The letter was signed by 28 members of the Republican Study Committee, a conservative caucus of House Republicans with more than 150 members.

“We write to express our serious concerns regarding recent reports suggesting that the Senate’s efforts to produce a reconciliation bill repealing the Affordable Care Act are headed in a direction that may jeopardize final passage in the House of Representatives,” stated the letter, addressed to McConnell, R-Ky., who plans to introduce the Senate's health care plan this week.

The letter acknowledged the “vigorous and robust debate” in the House during the crafting of lawmakers' repeal-and-replace plan, called the American Health Care Act, which passed the House in a 217-213 vote on May 4. The Senate’s process, however, has been behind closed doors, lacking in public hearings and discussion. 

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