WASHINGTON — Congressman Jim Banks met with President Donald Trump at the White House along with other members of the Republican Study Committee Friday.

“It was an honor to meet with President Trump this morning in the Oval Office,” Banks said. “I appreciate the President making time to meet with conservatives to hear our concerns.”

In the meeting, the officials discussed repealing and replacing Obamacare.

“During our discussion, President Trump agreed to several significant conservative changes to the American Health Care Act, including Medicaid block grants, work requirements for Medicaid recipients and important pro-life protections, Banks said. “President Trump personally assured me that he is 100 percent behind this bill and views its passage as a critical priority.”

Banks said he recognizes the legislation isn’t perfect and not the Obamacare replacement plan he’d home to support. However, Banks did say it is a “substantial
U.S. Congressman Jim Banks, of Columbia City, discusses health care with President Donald Trump.improvement from the mandates, burdens and failures of Obamacare.”

“I committed to President Trump that I would support this plan if it contains the changes we agreed to,” Banks said. “Passing this bill will begin the process of rolling back Obamacare, enacting free market reforms and improving health care for all Americans.”