May 4, 2017 / 12:00 PM / 3 months ago

Top House conservative says U.S. healthcare bill likely to pass on Thursday

Chairman of the Freedom Caucus U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), who today said that Republicans still lack the votes to pass a reform bill to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system, walks in a hallway of the Rayburn Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 2, 2017.Kevin Lamarque

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the House of Representatives conservative Freedom Caucus said Republicans were confident that their healthcare overhaul would likely win passage in a vote later on Thursday.

"We're optimistic that we'll pass it out of the House today," caucus chairman Representative Mark Meadows said in an interview on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program.

Reporting by Susan Heavey and David Alexander

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