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Did the Freedom Caucus Overplay Its Hand by Angering Trump?

I willing to bet some of them are going to live to regret scuttling the Obamacare replacement, as imperfect as it was.

Republican leaders and rank-and-file members have been grappling with how to handle the House Freedom Caucus since most of them came to Washington in 2010’s Tea Party wave. Now that they have defied President Trump, they’re hoping he can finally make them fall into line, the Washington Examiner reported.

“When he tweets things like he did … it gives me cover to echo that,” Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Fla., told the Washington Examiner about Trump’s jabs at the House Freedom Caucus via Twitter.

“The Republican House Freedom Caucus was able to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory,” Trump tweeted Monday night, three days after enough of its members refused to back the healthcare bill crafted by Trump and House GOP leaders that they had to pull it from the floor. “After so many bad years they were ready for a win!”

As Washington oddsmakers are calculating the lines on the Freedom Caucus’ fate, many on Capitol Hill are placing their bets that more will follow the lead of Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, and leave the group.

Republicans May Revive Obamacare Repeal Effort

Why not come back at it? Maybe the Freedom Caucus is getting some private polling showing people are angry. 

House Republicans on Tuesday discussed making a second attempt at repealing and replacing Obamacare in a closed-door meeting that was an attempt to “heal the divisions” caused when party infighting prevented legislation from passing last week, the Washington Examiner reported.

“We are talking about how to get Obamacare repealed and replaced,” Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Ga., said as he left the meeting.

The message from Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., was that despite last week’s failed attempt, the GOP could not walk away from the effort to repeal the collapsing law, and replacing it with Republican reforms. Lawmakers who attended the meeting said the group held “a good healthy discussion” about internal differences that sunk the bill last week.

“There was a unified message that we need to find a solution because a lot of Americans will be hurt unless we repeal the law,” Rep. Austin Scott, R-Ga. said. “There is good, honest discussion going on. Good dialogue.”

Republican leaders didn’t discuss the specifics of a “Plan B,” but Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., a member of the House Freedom Caucus, announced his plan to use a legislative tactic that could force a floor vote on simply repealing Obamacare. The move would require 218 signatures on a discharge petition, and it’s not clear if enough Republicans would sign on to it.

Trump: Don’t Worry, Obamacare Will “Explode”

This is the new strategy. Let Obamacare get so bad that even Democrats will want to help replace it. Of course, the administration will help its decline through executive action. The idea is that if things are so bad, moderate Republicans will have political cover to support the replacement bill.  President Trump said Obamacare will… Continue Reading

Hillary: “Today Was a Victory”

Let the gloating begin. And they have every right to gloat. What a mess. Hillary Clinton reacted to the news that Republicans pulled their healthcare bill in Congress that would repeal Obamacare by saying: “Today was a victory.” In a tweet Friday afternoon, the 2016 Democratic nominee said, “Today was a victory for the 24,000,000… Continue Reading

Ryan May Gut Obamacare regulations to Gain Conservative Votes

Looks like Ryan feels he needs to do more to get conservatives. They’re holding out and it appears to be a smart strategy. In a last-minute bid to woo conservatives ahead of a high-stakes vote on Thursday on repealing and replacing Obamacare, House leaders are considering gutting more Obamacare regulations. The news comes as President… Continue Reading

Trump Prepared to Blitz Capitol Hill to Pass Health Bill

President Trump predicted Monday night that he would help push the troubled Obamacare repeal bill over the finish line this week, but said Republicans need to come together, and tried to entice them by saying nothing can get done on tax reform until Congress first passes a bill to reform healthcare, the Washington Examiner reported.… Continue Reading

Obamacare Enrollment Down a Half Million

Seems like Obamacare is uninsuring people all by itself, without the Republican bill. Like the GOP says, we’ve got a failing program on our hands. A half million fewer people have Obamacare coverage now compared to a year ago, according to final enrollment data released Wednesday by the Trump administration,” the Washington Examiner reported. About… Continue Reading

CBO Says 14 Million Would Lose Coverage; White House Says Not True

The White House is right that the CBO is can be wrong about these predictions. But the Democrats have a talking point, since CBO is nonpartisan. The Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare would result in 14 million more people without health coverage next year but reduce federal spending by $337 billion compared to current… Continue Reading