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Mar 28, 2017, 13:42
"We're smart enough to figure it out. They weren't even trying to get Democrats involved".
Republican Senator from Ohio John Kasich, who was one of the major Trump opponents during primaries, said "you can not have major changes in major programs affecting things like healthcare without including Democrats from the very beginning and asking them to be constructive".
Publicly, the Freedom Caucus continues to stick together but over the weekend, it lost one of its members, Rep Ted Poe, R-Texas.
Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-La.), who had supporter the GOP's healthcare bill, on Monday became the latest GOP lawmaker to pile onto the caucus.
"Saying no is easy, leading is hard, but that is what we were elected to do", Poe said in a statement. "And sometimes you're going to have to say yes". I think we're going to have to work on our entrance here at the White House in days ahead.
Small but symbolic gestures of support are cropping up for the Freedom Caucus in conservative corners nationwide. But the chair of the Freedom Caucus unapologetic.
The Freedom Caucus is a loose coalition of Republican members of the House of Representatives. In a tweet on Sunday, the president slammed the caucus and the right-leaning Heritage Foundation's opposition to the bill.
"This is not the end of the debate", Meadows - the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, a group of conservative Republicans, who opposed the recent failed GOP health care bill - told George Stephanopoulos in an interview on ABC's This Week.
The Freedom Caucus is against the government regulating healthcare at all, and when Ryan unveiled the new plan in March, which did away with most but not all of Obamacare, numerous group's members felt it didn't go far enough. Politico reports that Trump singled out Meadows in front of his fellow politicians, joking that he'd "come after" him if he didn't vote yes, and then said, "I think Mark Meadows will get on board". The people in the room understand that Ryan, who clearly made some mistakes, nonetheless acted in good faith to move the president's agenda.
That is what happened in the push for the American Health Care Act, when President Donald Trump threw his weight behind Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and the Republican leadership. "It was, 'you have to do it here, now.' When you do that you sound exactly like Nancy Pelosi".
"We Democrats, provided our Republican colleagues drop "replace" and stop undermining the ACA, are willing to work with our Republican friends.to improve Obamacare". He said that while "I think it's time for our folks to come together, I also think it's time to potentially get a few moderate Democrats on board as well". "A lot of people were disappointed when [the bill] was pulled because we don't have a starting point anymore".
Last week and the week before, Trump had thrown his hefty weight into the campaign to pass the Republican-sponsored health care plan.
"I would recommend they pivot to infrastructure now because that issue I think has the best opportunity to develop some sort of bipartisan coalition in the House and the Senate", Mr. Dent said on CNN's "New Day". "We have majorities in the House, in the Senate".