Trump Targets House Freedom Caucus Ahead Of Healthcare Vote

by Frankie Norman April 5, 2017, 0:28
Trump Targets House Freedom Caucus Ahead Of Healthcare Vote

"Today, the president is using Planned Parenthood, and the millions of women who depend on us for care, as part of a unsafe political game", Planned Parenthood said in a statement.

Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky, a Freedom Caucus member who has described himself as a "hell no" on the AHCA, said Trump's ultimatum undermined the US's system of government.

"We'd like to vote tomorrow and let's get this done for the American people". "I think Paul really worked hard". The real coming-out party for the caucus, however, was the battle over House leadership in late 2015 that pushed Speaker of the House John Boehner out of power.

"This bill is dead", House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) declared on Friday, shortly after House Republicans withdrew legislation that was headed for a stunning defeat.

The move deals a major setback to the president, who campaigned relentlessly on a pledge to "repeal and replace" Barack Obama's signature heath care law.

Collins was among those predicting success on Friday, but others didn't hide their anxiety about the outcome.

The idea was that House Republicans could fix the bill so that most people, both moderate and extreme conservatives, would agree to "yes" vote.

Dave Brat, a Virginia representative who defeated former Majority Leader Eric Cantor, said he wants to see an "ironclad" document from the White House that shows premiums would be lowered under this bill.

The speaker is chiding Republicans who refused to back the legislation for being too inflexible.

It would provide tax credits to help people pay medical bills, though generally skimpier than Mr Obama's statute provides. The bill would block federal payments for a year to Planned Parenthood.

GOP aides said the bill could be amended again ahead of Friday's vote to include the repeal of the essential health benefits - an change that seeks to win support from Freedom Caucus members, according to various news reports.

The drama unfolded seven years to the day after Obama signed his landmark law, an anniversary GOP leaders meant to celebrate with a vote to undo the divisive legislation.

Many conservative and moderate Republicans opposed the legislation.

Spicer said Trump was working the phones through 11 p.m. ET Wednesday night. It is unclear if further changes will be made for a more convincing bid. Trump tweeted to supporters, "Go with our plan!" During the previous years, they had cast dozens of votes to repeal Obama's law in full or in part, but when they finally got the chance to pass a repeal version that actually had a chance to become law, they couldn't deliver. They know not replacing the bill hurts him just as much as them, so they're willing to wait things out until a plan comes along that they like.

The group - when they hold the line together - can have a lot of influence.


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