President Trump Changes Tone on Democrats After Health Care Failure
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 31, 2017,
Mar 31, 2017, 3:05
And don't be fooled by Speaker Ryan's comments Wednesday night warning President Trump not to work with the Democrats on any new health bill.
President Donald Trump effectively declared war Thursday on the House Freedom Caucus, the powerful group of hard-line conservative Republicans who blocked the health-care bill, vowing to "fight them" in the 2018 midterm elections.
"We're not going to retrench into our corners or put up dividing lines", Ryan said after a meeting of House Republicans was dominated by talk of how to restart health negotiations.
Republicans, however, were most likely to blame Democrats in the House.
Freedom Caucus members opposed the Trump-backed healthcare legislation in part because they said parts were too similar to the Obamacare law it was supposed to replace. President Trump knew the health care bill was wonderful and attractive and his other characteristic boosterish adjectives.
"You're fighting yesterday's story if you are fighting against a candidate you were once running against that is no longer the candidate you might be running against", Sanford said.
"I have no doubt that that's going to happen very quickly".
"I'm trying to get this bill passed", Ryan said on CBS's "This Morning".
A House Freedom Caucus member is defending the group's opposition to the failed GOP health care bill.
"It's the same old thing with the Freedom Caucus: Don't let the flawless be the enemy of the good", Ellis said. "I do think it's smart to take the time to get it right". "We are planning to move this in the Ways and Means committee in spring. and have this ready for the Senate to go as well", Brady said.
But he's since criticized the Freedom Caucus for its resistance. "We'd love to have as much support as possible", he said Tuesday briefing the press. Another Republican, Rep. Doug Collins was incensed that the HFC let Planned Parenthood off the hook: "I am unable to understand how many of my colleagues allowed political myopia to prevent them from supporting the opportunity to defund America's largest abortion peddler".
Hudson believes the votes that are needed to win passage without any Democratic support can be found in the Freedom Caucus.
Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, chairman of the Freedom Caucus, generally kept a low profile Thursday, but he told the Washington Examiner's editorial board that Trump is "not being well-served" by some of his advisers.
Randy Weber, a Freedom Caucus member, told reporters Tuesday afternoon.
The Wisconsin Republican said he hopes that Republicans can come together and figure out a solution to repealing the Affordable Care Act. "We are going to keep working on it". Jordan said Republicans need to figure out how to work together to confront looming battles including the federal budget, appropriations and raising the USA debt ceiling.
Because Trump faces unified opposition by Democratic lawmakers, he can not afford to lose many Republicans as he tries to get his legislative agenda through Congress, including healthcare, tax cuts and infrastructure spending.
While threatening members of the Freedom Caucus who hold ratings 90% or higher with Heritage, President Trump strongly stands by Speaker Paul Ryan who holds a pathetic lifetime score of 58%. "We're looking at all kinds of options to get to 'yes'".