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Published: Sun, April 02, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Orlando Mckenzie

Shutdown? GOP says no as it tries to save Trump priorities


Stung by the failure to achieve consensus on repealing Obamacare, President Donald Trump has taken out his frustration on the House Freedom Caucus, tweeting Thursday, "We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018!"

Congressional Republicans want to pivot to tax cuts and other issues following last week's House health care debacle.

GOP leadership abandoned its legislation for repealing and replacing ObamaCare in a shocking defeat Friday after dozens of House conservatives and centrist Republicans said they would not back it.

The House Freedom Caucus was established in early 2015 and has been a thorn in the side of both Democrats and Republicans ever since. "There are a lot of people who want to repeal them".

A total of 58 percent of poll respondents reported they were glad the Republican health care bill failed, though 59 percent of Republicans were frustrated about it. Thirty-two percent overall approved of Trump's handling of health care while 59 percent disapproved - but only 67 percent of Republicans responded approvingly.

"We want what is best for the country going forward", he said. With everything that has occurred since the reveal of the American Healthcare Act, there are a few questions that I am sure everyone has: What is the House Freedom Caucus?

A few weeks ago, the president exclaimed, "Nobody knew health care could be so complicated!" This week he threatened that if the ultra conservatives don't fall into line and march like good Republicans, he would recruit and support more moderate candidates to oppose them in their Republican primaries.

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Representative Warren Davidson, a Freedom Caucus member from OH, said Republicans should leave aside the blame game and work through their policy differences before launching tax reform legislation.

But Weber said some of the friction eased by the end of the meeting, prompting House Speaker Paul Ryan to say that more give and take might have been useful in the healthcare effort.

The AHCA features a lot of the same basic characteristics of the Affordable Care Act, one being allowing insurance companies to penalize individuals who go long periods of time without health insurance.

He attacked the caucus again in a tweet Monday.

When Trump broached the topic Tuesday at a White House reception for senators and their spouses, calling a "deal on health care" "such an easy one" and saying he has "no doubt that that's going to happen very quickly", some in the room laughed before the president continued.

Help me out here and tell me what national programs that they have initiated and passed for the social welfare? Meadows says the group will be more flexible in this debate than they were on health care.

But because health coverage is financially out of reach for so many, the fair thing is to ask them to pay what they can and have government fill in the rest. "If you can't do this, can you then do tax reform?"

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