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Texan Ted Poe quits Freedom Caucus over health care bill

02 Avril 2017, 01:14 | Troy Powers

Texan Ted Poe quits Freedom Caucus over health care bill

House Freedom Caucus member Rep. Dave Brat R-Va. outside the White House on March 23 the day before GOP leaders pulled a health care bill from the House floor

Now, seven years after the enactment of Obamacare, GOP leader and Speaker of the House Republicans Paul Ryan presented the Republican healthcare bill amid President Trump's demands Thursday for it to be voted on by the House, a goal that was not realized when it was promptly retracted before voting could occur due to the lack of voter support in the House.

In the final hours of debate on Friday, Massachusetts Democrat Joe Kennedy, whose great-uncle Ted Kennedy dedicated much of his public life to pushing for universal coverage, ended his remarks in the House by quoting from the Beatitudes: "Blessed are the merciful", he said, "for they shall be shown mercy".

Poe is right. Freedom Caucus members need to understand that they are not in the opposition anymore. "It's time for both parties to come together and get to real reforms in this country", said Reince Priebus, White House chief of staff.

Ryan drudged over to the White House Friday afternoon and informed the President he was pulling the legislation because he lacked the votes to pass the bill.

But if Republicans want to permanently cut taxes for the rich, which they unquestionably do, then they're going to have to do some kind of tax reform. Chances are, given the continuing withdrawal of major companies from the marketplaces and the ongoing failure of the bill to attract enough young and healthy participants, the new rates will not be pretty.

This whole replacement idea is the reason it failed, because when they came and they wrote write a bill without checking with their members - which is always a bad idea - they wrote a bill that basically kept Obamacare in place.

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"The Trump administration has a spectrum of options, ranging from actively undermining the ACA marketplaces to administrative actions that start to reshape the insurance market in a more conservative mold", Larry Levitt, a senior vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation, tells The Wall Street Journal.

But he added: "I think it's more or less a warning shot that we're willing to talk to anyone".

Ryan's toughest opponents were the Freedom Caucus, the hardliners widely expected to be marginalized after Trump won, but instead a bloc that showed its strength. The question, though, is not lose any revenue compared to what?

After a day of sober stock-taking and a flurry of behind-the-scenes consultations over lessons learned from the embarrassing setback, Trump appeared to be returning Sunday to his customary bravado.

The day that the AHCA was halted in its tracks, Trump asserted that the fault lay with Democratic lawmakers, who have a minority in the House. Repealing Obamacare was an essential building block of the conservative identity. Putting two of his choices on the High Court in his first year would be a striking achievement.

The president said the lawmaker was "breaking my ass" with his opposition, three sources in the room told RealClearPolitics. Any changes to our privacy policy will become effective upon posting of the revised policy on the Website. The speaker has publicly acknowledged that his own efforts to muster sufficient votes had fallen short.

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Forty percent said the economy is improving - not a terrible number, especially when just 16 percent said the economy is getting worse. It would allow for a restart of his presidency, more consistent with the promises he made in the campaign. Or, Trump - with the assistance of Capitol Hill leaders - can try to split the group apart on an issue-by-issue basis.

"For most consumers, (2018) will look a lot like '17", said Dan Mendelson, president of the consulting firm Avalere.

So by the time the members got to the point of voting, they had ownership in the bill and they wanted to vote for it - I didn't have to break legs.

The American people were demanding that Obamacare be repealed. With upwards of a hundred Democrats supporting bipartisan measures, the 37 whack jobs in the Freedom Caucus, who surely have no loyalty to Trump, would cease to have influence. "Just remember this is not our bill, this is their bill".

Priebus said Trump was not backing off his view that the tax reform bill needed a border tax.

The Democrats think that every American citizen (and sometimes non-citizens) has basic rights that extend well beyond those protected by the Constitution, and these include some goods and services, regardless of your ability to pay for them.

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