Published: Fri, March 31, 2017
Markets | By Terence Owen

Senator criticizes House speaker on health care


The group was brought in for multiple meetings with Trump, Vice President Pence, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, who was a member of the Freedom Caucus before he joined the administration. "And we need to treat it that way, and we need to get the people the help that they need to renew their lives and help become productive members of society and our families", Gov. Christie said.

Trump's tweets, showing an increasingly aggressive and hard-edged view of the Freedom Caucus, represent his own unfiltered take on a group that is viewed inside the White House as threatening ambitious agenda. Rep. Justin Amash was quick to hit back at Trump. "It may allow a child to get his way, but that's not how our government works".

Most of the group of 30 House Republicans rejected a previous White House ultimatum to vote for Trump's health care reform, delivered the new president a stinging political defeat.

Ryan said about 90 percent of Republicans supported the party's healthcare bill and only about 10 percent opposed it.

Now Trump wants the House Freedom Caucus gone. 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.

Look I'm not here to assign blame to anyone, I'm not here to point to the future.

"I know that we are all gonna make a deal on healthcare". The caucus' opposition, along with that of some moderates, meant the bill lacked the support to pass the House.

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Four committees approved the bill before it was sent to the floor but the morning of the scheduled vote Ryan was told that passage was unlikely and the Speaker then went to the White House to notify President Donald Trump. He also encouraged his supporters to watch a Fox News segment that urged House Speaker Paul Ryan to resign amid the fallout.

Some conservatives outside the Freedom Caucus bristled at Trump's remarks about the bloc. Freedom Caucus members felt that the legislation was too similar to the Affordable Care Act and that it would not do enough to contain premium costs and in some circles called in "Obamacarelite".

Republican Representative Ken Buck of Colorado, a member of the Freedom Caucus, said he thinks lawmakers learned lessons from the health care defeat that could apply to tax reform.

Amash depicted Trump as now beholden to the Washington establishment.

"It didn't take long for the swamp to drain @realDonaldTrump", Amash wrote on Twitter. "No shame, Mr. President. Nearly everyone succumbs to the D.C. Establishment", he said.

Nationwide, an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll released Wednesday found that 62 percent disapprove of the way Trump is handling health care, his worst rating among seven issues the poll tested, including the economy, foreign policy and immigration.

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