Trump threatens to 'fight' Freedom Caucus in midterms

Pablo Tucker
March 30, 2017

Following the defeat on the Obamacare repeal plan, Republicans are taking all possible actions in a bid to prevent a government shutdown.

"I don't want us to become a factionalized majority", Ryan told reporters on Tuesday during his weekly news conference.

"I think people are going to work harder to get to "yes" this next piece of legislation", Buck said.

At the same time, Speaker Paul Ryan said he wanted to address defunding Planned Parenthood via a special budgetary process that would require only 51 votes, now the Republicans have 52 senators.

And to be fair, this is more a reflection on Ryan, who failed to secure the required votes because of his clear lack of charisma or consensus-building ability, than it is on President Donald Trump, who we already knew supported some form of socialized medicine anyway, as was made evident during a "60 Minutes" interview earlier this year.

The Wisconsin Republican says "defunding" Planned Parenthood belongs on legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act. "He enjoys his relationship with Paul Ryan, thinks that Paul Ryan is a great speaker of the House".

But he's offering no timeline, and no details about how leaders would overcome GOP divisions that sunk their bill Friday.

A Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Wednesday showed Republicans mostly blame Congress, and not Trump or party leaders, for failing to pass the healthcare overhaul. The measure was destined for defeat because of GOP opposition.

BENNETT: Some Freedom Caucus members are reassessing their no-compromise brand of conservatism, with their tactics fueling fresh resentment within the GOP. But caucus members still didn't think the revisions went far enough in repealing the law. Moderates say it takes coverage away from too many people. The group is working with leadership and moderate Republicans to try to bring back the bill in a different form.

Alabama Republican Mo Brooks also said Speaker Paul Ryan indicated the House would revisit the issue and that it would be "fairly immediate".

The decision to delay the vote marks an acute embarrassment for the President, but the failure of the GOP plan also puts Ryan in a much-weakened political position. So not only does the Freedom Caucus leave the door open to implement a healthcare system based on market-centered solutions rather than government forced ones, it also saves face in case those reforms aren't passed and the USA healthcare system remains the disaster that it is today.

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