Freedom Caucus rejects Trump's Obamacare repeal bill

Cheryl Sanders
April 1, 2017

A total repeal would be hard to get passed in the Senate.

Republicans released their plan to repeal the health care law and implement parts of a replacement at the beginning of the month.

He defended the House Freedom Caucus against charges that it had let down Trump and its Republican colleagues. "The president has other things he wants to accomplish".

Poe said that although the AHCA was "not a ideal bill", Republicans "promised for years" that they would repeal President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, the healthcare law better known as Obamacare, if they held the White House.

Other moderate Republicans including Rep. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania and powerful House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen, of New Jersey, had also said "no" to it.

"He's going to have to tell them he can't work with them".


A Freedom Caucus spokeswoman defended the group on Monday, noting that centrists were also integral to bringing down the legislation. The Freedom Caucus had a lot of input into this bill.

At least one member of the House Freedom Caucus seems to agree with President Donald Trump that the conservative coalition was at least partly responsible for the embarrassing failure of Trumpcare.

"We have to lead, and you've got to say 'Yes, ' even though it wasn't the flawless bill". Now we're stuck with Obamacare.

"We will find out who is truly for repeal of Obamacare and who is not", Brooks told reporters.

The Freedom Caucus is made up of several dozen Republican members of Congress who exert their influence as a voting bloc with an aim to push legislation in a more conservative direction. "When the Speaker resigned and they pivoted to focusing on the leadership race, I withdrew".

"So, it's time for me to leave that group and be a more of an independent conservative in the House".


On "Fox & Friends" today, Poe said that House Speaker Paul Ryan was willing to work with the caucus on making changes to the bill, but he was never going to get their votes.

"The way I would describe the meeting we just had with our members is we are going to work together and listen together until we get this right", he said, adding a caution: "And in the meantime, we're going to do all of our other work that we came here to do".

Priebus said Trump was looking ahead for now at debate over the budget and a tax plan, which he said would include a border adjustment tax and middle-class tax cuts.

"I don't really believe anyone is going to quit", said Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., "I think we'll do it until we get it done". That's why he took the easiest legislation first to get passed, and it didn't pass. Our job is not to continue to be the protest caucus.

While the broader stock market traded lower on concerns that the Trump administration faces more challenges in achieving tax reform, hospital and Medicaid-related stocks moved higher. I see that as a real problem because we may end up in the same situation.


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