Texas Republican quits hard-line Freedom Caucus

Apr 09, 2017, 02:01

The Freedom Caucus and the groups Trump mentioned opposed a House GOP health care bill that leaders pulled Friday after concluding that it did not have enough Republican support to pass.

In a tweet on Sunday morning, Trump lashed out at both the Freedom Caucus and other conservatives, saying their actions had left "Democrats smiling in D.C".

The caucus, rooted in the Tea Party movement, said the Affordable Health Care Act (AHCA) did not fulfill the Republican promise to fully repeal and replace ObamaCare.

The Republican leadership pulled the legislation to repeal and replace Obama's healtcare reform, popularly known as Obamacare, from the US House of Representatives on Friday due to the lack of support within the GOP.

Trump initially focused blame for the measure's failure on Democrats and predicted a dire future for the current law.

Though Trump previously needled the House Freedom Caucus on Twitter, hoping to scare members into getting behind the bill, his tweet Sunday shifted the blame.

On Saturday Mr Trump urged Americans in a tweet to watch Judge Jeanine Pirro's programme on Fox that night.

On Sunday, the president criticized the conservative House Freedom Caucus, whose members declined to back the bill.

Priebus described the two events as "coincidental", insisting that Trump was helping out a friend by plugging her show and no "preplanning" occurred. "We always said we'd work with them to try and improve it - we just said repeal was off the table", Sen.

Poe went as far to say members of the Freedom Caucus would never have voted "yes" on anything, including the Ten Commandments.

Actual people with real health needs are depending on our elected officials to work together to make the necessary changes.

For seven years, Republicans promised to fully repeal Obamacare, campaigned on full repeal, and voted over 60 times to repeal parts or all of the disastrous health care law.

Priebus said Trump was looking ahead for now at upcoming congressional debate over the budget and Trump's tax plan, which Priebus said will include a border tax and middle-class tax cuts. The Freedom Caucus is composed of numerous Congressmen who are aligned with these voters. This came after House Republicans failed to achieve a consensus on the replacement bill.

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows told reporters that he and others still wanted to get to "yes".

Priebus spoke on “Fox News Sunday, ” and Schumer and Meadows appeared on ABCs “This Week.”.