Published: Sun, April 09, 2017
USA | By Angel Wallace

Schumer seizes on Trump team's offer to work with Dems

Schumer seizes on Trump team's offer to work with Dems

Any path forward on Obamacare's replacement is going to require agreement between conservatives and centrist Republicans, factions of the party that opposed the House GOP's health care bill for different reasons.

On March 24, Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the Republican health care bill from consideration after it became clear that it did not have enough votes to pass the legislation, in part because of near-unified opposition from the Freedom Caucus.

In his favorite mode of communication, the president sent out another tweet Sunday morning about the doomed "repeal and replace" measure. Rep. Austin Scott of Georgia got more personal, saying the group's chairman "betrayed Trump and America and supported [House Democratic leader Nancy] Pelosi and Dems to protect Obamacare". "We're not going to just all of a sudden abandon health care and move on to the rest".

Additionally, Scalise said Democrats are prematurely celebrating the bill's demise, and Obamacare is as close as ever to getting repealed. We promised for years we're going to repeal Obamacare.

"There's some members of the Freedom Caucus, they'd vote no against the Ten Commandments if it came up for a vote", Poe said.

It's a mixed message, to say the least. "I think the losers are Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer because now they own Obamacare".

According to The New York Times, the House Freedom Caucus and centrist Tuesday Group are engaging in talks with Stephen Bannon, President Donald Trump's top strategist. He insisted the GOP overhaul effort was not over and that he regretted not spending more time with moderate Republicans and Democrats “to find some consensus.”. "We Democrats, provided our Republican colleagues drop replace and stop undermining the ACA, are willing to work with our Republican friends". Neither Trump nor Republican leaders could win over about a dozen of the 35 to 40 House Freedom Caucus members.

Mike Turner said Monday that the conservative House Freedom Caucus has a "mob mentality" that House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is "going to have to address" at some point.

"Ninety percent of our conference was very, very upset with about 10 percent, and I didn't want things being done and said that people would regret", Ryan said.

Before the bill was pulled, Trump tweeted at the Freedom Caucus, saying Planned Parenthood funding would continue if they blocked the legislation.

Despite supporting Trump from the beginning, the president called Meadows out specifically when he came to Capitol Hill last week.

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