After Health Care Fight, House Freedom Caucus Considers Next Steps

Mar 31, 2017, 01:53
After Health Care Fight, House Freedom Caucus Considers Next Steps

Now, the White House is keeping its role much lower key than it did during the final push last week and insisting it is letting rank-and-file members of Congress drive discussions on health care, which are ongoing between a small group of House Freedom Caucus members and members of the moderate Tuesday Group.

Griffith's communications director, Jessica Paska, said in an email: "Congressman Griffith said, 'I have been on board with the health care legislation, including voting for parts of it in Committee".

"I think we're closer today to repealing Obamacare than we've ever been before, and surely even closer than we were Friday", Scalise said. Yet in Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee and Iowa in the bitter aftermath of the GOP's epic failure, Republicans who blocked the legislation have won praise from constituents for stopping what many saw as a flawed plan, either in the legislation's substance or strategy.

A leading opponent was the head of the hard-right Freedom Caucus - Rep. Mark Meadows. But a few days later, after crashing into what might be the new third rail of American politics, Republicans are talking publicly and privately about. plan B.

But as the White House considered flexing its muscle against the Freedom Caucus, the group remained unbowed, with several members immediately hitting back against a president whose agenda has stalled, whose approval ratings are hovering below 40 percent and who has been dogged by the ongoing probe into contacts between his associates and Russian officials.

Regardless of whether you are interested in Obamacare, the health sector that comprises one-sixth of the U.S. economy, or the fate of the 24 million Americans who stood to lose health insurance under the proposed Republican health legislation, last week's spectacular Republican failure augurs poorly for Donald Trump's presidency. The former SC governor has been critical of Trump in the past. He opposed the health care bill. Sanford also has not shied away from expressing concerns about Trump's more incendiary rhetoric, from his penchant for "Twitter shaming", to his suggestions of mass voter fraud.

"Then what gets me is he says, well, it will have premium increases." said Rove.

"I think it's going to happen because we've all been promising - Democrat, Republican - we've all been promising that to the American people", he said.

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Because Trump faces unified opposition by Democratic lawmakers, he can not afford to lose many Republicans as he tries to get his legislative agenda through Congress, including healthcare, tax cuts and infrastructure spending.

Their tactics on health care prompted yet another call for party unity this week from House Speaker Paul Ryan. Noisy and united Democratic opposition to Trump's healthcare bill made it deeply unpopular in the electorate.

All four Democrats in Virginia's delegation would have voted against the bill.

The statement marked the first time Mr. Trump has openly opposed the political future of the Freedom Caucus in Congress. "We all came to D.C. running to repeal Obamacare", Brat said.

Democrats "ought to be pretty happy about that, because we have the existing law in place, and I think we're just going to have to see how that works out", McConnell said.

Republicans presented a unified front against Obama but have struggled to come together and support specific legislative proposals since Trump took office in January. She asked them to suggest ways to "improve and update" the law, which she pushed through the House in 2010 without any Republican votes.

"The president needs to rise above this", Rove said.

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