Trump Calls Out Freedom Caucus In Tweet Ahead Of Uncertain Repeal Vote

Trump Calls Out Freedom Caucus In Tweet Ahead Of Uncertain Repeal Vote

Trump Calls Out Freedom Caucus In Tweet Ahead Of Uncertain Repeal Vote

Trump tweeted in an 11th-hour message to Republicans in Congress.

Donald Trump turned up the pressure Friday in a high-stakes negotiation with recalcitrant Republicans who are threatening to torpedo the party's own healthcare plan aimed at dismantling Obamacare.

"Today, the president is using Planned Parenthood, and the millions of women who depend on us for care, as part of a risky political game", Planned Parenthood said in a statement.

The former SC congressman said that if the House does not pass the bill, the president is moving on to other priorities and leaving the law known as Obamacare in place, a source who was in the meeting tells NPR's Susan Davis.

The postponement Thursday was a sobering setback for Republicans, who aimed to approve health-care legislation before moving to other parts of their agenda, particularly tax reform.

"It's better to get it right than to get it fast", he told reporters at the Capitol after the private meeting with Trump. "We were a small number of votes short in terms of getting our bill passed".

The Obama law was approved in 2010 with no Republican votes. "It's understanding the greater good that is at hand", Spicer said.

"We're going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future", Ryan said at a news conference Friday afternoon. He said the president has "really been fantastic".

The rag-tag rabble-rousing House Freedom Caucus may be the linchpin to repeal and replace Obamacare at this point.

Democrats could hardly contain their satisfaction.

In a historic defeat for House Republicans, Speaker Paul Ryan admitted failure and called it a disappointing day for the Republican Party. "Let's just for a moment breathe a sigh of relief for the American people".

The outcome leaves both Ryan and Trump weakened politically. "This was a discussion that the president continues to have".

Still, passage of the Republican bill remains up in the air. But instead of picking up support as Friday wore on, the bill went the other direction, with some key lawmakers coming out in opposition.

"It's crystal clear: They will sacrifice the health of every woman in this country to pass this disastrous bill".

The defections raised the possibility that the bill would not only lose on the floor, but lose big.

The bill repeals tax credits that people can use to purchase health insurance and replaces them with a new tax credit that is less generous for most. Republican leaders hoped to vote on the health care bill on Thursday, the seventh anniversary of former Democratic President Barack Obama signing his health care law.

Many Freedom Caucus members remain dug in against it, while support among moderate Republican lawmakers slipped some. The bill would block federal payments for a year to Planned Parenthood. Instead, medical professionals, doctors and hospitals - major employers in some districts - as well as the AARP and other influential consumer groups were almost unanimously opposed. The roughly 30 members of the group (there is no official roster) have expressed disdain for the AHCA, which they see as "Obamacare lite" and not a full repeal of the landmark 2009 law.

A key moderate who had been in the meeting, Rep. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania, issued a statement saying he would be voting "no" on the health bill.

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