Published: Sun, April 09, 2017
U.S. | By Rene Hicks

Freedom Caucus Loses Member Amid Trump Criticism for Health Care

Freedom Caucus Loses Member Amid Trump Criticism for Health Care

Then, the New York Times Magazine reports Sunday that at one point during the negotiations, Trump told Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa., co-leader of the moderate GOP Tuesday Group caucus: "I'm going to blame you" if the bill fails.

"House Republican leaders, facing a revolt among conservatives and moderates in their ranks, pulled legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act from consideration on the House floor Friday in a major defeat for President Trump on the first legislative showdown of his presidency... it was the biggest defeat of Mr. Trump's young presidency, which has suffered many". As Trump's inside man who knows the ins and outs of Washington, unlike Trump who is a businessman, Ryan is responsible for gathering the support Trump needs.

"We were a 10-year opposition party, where being against things was easy to do".

Poe said he doesn't think there was anything that could have been added to the bill that would have resulted in the Freedom Caucus supporting it. While it defunded Planned Parenthood, it also left in place a slew of Obama giveaways that would doom the new law in time, the same as Obamacare.

Analysts say he will have to work with the small but determined Freedom Caucus-or find a way to work around it, most likely by forging coalitions with Democrats, who for now seem little disposed to cooperate.

And, in a freakish twist, Mr. Trump himself may have inadvertently fanned the anti-Ryan voices when he urged viewers to tune in to Fox News' "Justice With Judge Jeanine" program Saturday.

Similarly, though some Republican members may continue to push for repeal and replacement, others may be content to leave ACA unchanged in the belief that it will fail on its own.

Schumer said Sunday that Trump must be willing to drop attempts to repeal his predecessor's signature achievement, warning that Trump was destined to "lose again" on other parts of his agenda if he remained beholden to conservative Republicans.

Paul Ryan has let America down and failed his party, his president, and you, his constituents.

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The Freedom Caucus never accomplishes anything other than to stop legislation from happening. The Freedom Caucus, a group of influential conservative congressman played a pivotal role in defeating Trump's proposal.

This would have to be an authentic deal, not an ultimatum, in which Democrats traded things Republicans want, such as medical liability reform and some limited regulatory reform, in exchange for things they should want, such as enhanced subsidies for vulnerable people.

"I'm not betrayed", Trump said.

House Speaker Paul Ryan declared Tuesday that his chamber will take another crack at a health care overhaul.

Now that the GOP holds the majority in both houses of Congress and with a Republican in the White House, the problem is graduating from opposition to governance. "We will get there, but we weren't there today".

Ryan said he saw "good overtures" from different groups within the Republican conference who all want to "get there" on repeal and replace: "And we're just going to have to figure out how to get it done", he said. He said he didn't expect that to happen until "our Democratic friends have to start answering to the people who are being hurt by the failures of Obamacare".

"I don't think we need to go home until we get a solution", he said of trying to reach an agreement.

Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Alabama, a member of the House Freedom Caucus, filed a discharge petition to force a vote on a "clean" repeal of Obamacare, a highly unusual parliamentary measure for a member of the majority party to undertake against leadership.

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