Trump hits out at Freedom Caucus, conservatives for nixing ObamaCare overhaul

Republicans pulled their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on Friday afternoon and House Speaker Paul Ryan said the party would "move on with the rest of our agenda".

"Democrats are smiling in D.C. that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club For Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & Ocare!" he tweeted.

Two days after pointing his finger at Democrats for the failure of the GOP health care proposal, President Trump shifted the blame to conservative Republicans and said he is open to working with Democrats on health care reform.

Some House Republicans are putting forth the appearance that they've recuperated after the American Health Care Act bill got pulled last week, and new reports indicate they're giving it another go.

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.

"Maybe the fact that we opposed it did the country a favor because this bill didn't repeal ObamCare", he said.

In additional fall-out from the jarring setback, Texas Republican congressman Ted Poe said he was leaving the caucus, tweeting that some politicians "would've voted against the 10 Commandments".

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

While some conservatives favor a total repeal of Obamacare, at least as a first step, Ryan and Trump, along with many other Republicans are insisting that there be a replacement plan that would mitigate the effects of repealing parts of the current law.

Asked about the White House posture, Hudson told reporters, "I think if we called the President today and said, 'We've got the votes, ' I think he'd be back on board".

"This is not the end of the debate", he said even as he acknowledged the president's pivot to tax reform, "I know that he's moving on". On Friday morning, Sanford requested more time to review the bill.

"I think it's time that we lead and continue not to say no on everything that takes place when bills come forward in the House of Representatives", he said. "I think this could be a breaking point for the membership of the Freedom Caucus".

During an interview on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday, House Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina told viewers that he's OK with running a deficit, if it's in the name of tax cuts. The Wisconsin Republican said the health care bill was a better option for defunding the organization than including the provision in the upcoming must-pass spending bill.

"There was no preplanning here", he said on Fox News Sunday.

  • Audrey Hill