GOP Humiliation: Trumpcare Didn't Even Have Majority Support Among Trump Voters

GOP Humiliation: Trumpcare Didn't Even Have Majority Support Among Trump Voters

GOP Humiliation: Trumpcare Didn't Even Have Majority Support Among Trump Voters

Conservatives, however, may be disappointed that they wouldn't score many wins in such legislation, even though Republicans control the entire government. "And we represent them, so we can do better".

DesJarlais said he's not anxious about Trump's Twitter account. Sixty-two percent of Americans turned thumbs down on Trump's handling of health care during the initial weeks of his presidency, according to a poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Trump, a businessman who had never been in public office until he took over at the White House on January 20, has at times praised the border tax idea but at other times has been noncommittal.

Conservatives opposed the bill because it didn't go far enough in getting the government out of health care while moderates anxious that tens of millions of Americans might be left without insurance.

The discord following the healthcare debacle was not limited to tensions between Trump and the Freedom Caucus.

Reviving the bill, however, isn't entirely a surprise.

"If @RepMarkMeadows, @Jim_Jordan and @Raul_Labrador would get on board we would have both great healthcare and massive tax cuts & reform", Trump tweeted, interrupting a day full of headlines related to Congress' investigation into Russian meddling in the U.S. election and whether there was any connection to Trump's presidential campaign.

"I don't want that to happen".

More than healthcare legislation was at stake. What the rest of Congress can't seem to get through their thick melons is that keeping the promise will help restore faith in all Republicans. But moderate Republicans are aghast at proposals to cut popular programs that fund environmental cleanup and meals for senior citizens. Similarly, other House Republicans were convinced that the HFC was opposed to allowing children to stay on their parents' health insurance until age 26 and allowing states to establish risk pools, when both had the support of the caucus. Virginia Congressman Dave Brat said he would insist that the tax bill not add to the deficit, while Meadows said he would not necessarily insist on that. Meanwhile moderates were shaken by a Congressional Budget Office analysis that showed 24 million would lose health care by 2026 under the new bill.

Following their meeting, some Republicans were still resentful of factions in their party that prevented approval of the GOP health care plan.

A House Freedom Caucus member is defending the group's opposition to the failed GOP health care bill. And a slender majority say covering all Americans is a federal responsibility - a view embraced by Democrats but not Republicans, who instead focus on access and lower premiums.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said some Freedom Caucus members have been willing to work with Trump, but "if people are more concerned with voting as a bloc, than what's in the best interest of their constituents and the American people, he's hoping that people will see the bigger picture, the goals that we outlined".

Still, there are a handful Freedom Caucus notables standing their ground against the bombastic president.

After the speaker opened up the floor to members, many of them who supported the bill unleashed their anger about the bill being pulled to avoid a loss on the HFC members, he said.

Senator John McCain, who ran for president in 2008 and was defeated by Barack Obama, said that if he was sitting in the White House now, he would try to ease intraparty tensions rather than stoking them. Freedom Caucus members say they're in the beginning stages of considering how they'll approach the coming tax debate. The Republican speaker Paul Ryan wasn't able to gather together the votes he needed to pass it. Republicans typically do a pretty good job of being able to wrangle the votes for the legislation that the party leaders are supporting, but part of why this is particularly hard with healthcare is because healthcare is really hard.

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