President Trump Calls Out Freedom Caucus Ahead Of Dramatic Health Care Vote

White House chief of staff Reince Priebus is making clear that President Donald Trump will be seeking support from moderate Democrats for upcoming legislative battles.

"It's fairly wonderful that even after meeting with President Trump, they are holding out for removing health care from people with pre-existing conditions, something they know could never pass and goes against everything president Trump promised during the campaign", one GOP aide familiar with the whip operation told CNN Thursday as it was growing increasingly clear that the Freedom Caucus wasn't budging enough to make up the difference. After years of unity on the need to repeal Obamacare, Republicans are splintering over the American Health Care Act, the bill that would repeal and replace it.

The vote was set to go underway on Thursday but ended up being delayed with the House Freedom Caucus continued to side against the bill.

The GOP legislation was on the brink hours before Republican leaders planned to put it on the House floor for a showdown vote.

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

Some Republicans in Congress have leveled harsher criticisms at the caucus. People already enrolled in Medicaid can stay on it, but most people don't just get on Medicaid and stay on it forever - they cycle in and out of the program as their income rises and falls.

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A repeal of a maternity care requirement is among the concessions the Freedom Caucus is demanding in exchange for support of the bill. They want to take away a lot of key things that make healthcare worth getting.

Two dozen or so Freedom Caucus members have opposed the legislation pushed by GOP leaders, saying it doesn't go far enough to repeal "Obamacare". They wanted to wipe this out and allow insurance companies to lower healthcare premiums. So he could conceivably get the votes he needs by winning over, say, the Freedom Caucus - and then going after some these other lawmakers.

No one group, such as the Freedom Caucus, was being singled out, said Mulvaney, who had been a member of that conservative group when he was a congressman from SC.

But the bill that Speaker Ryan brought to President Trump was not crafted with impute of the entire Republican Party. They're friends of mine. He has gone after them publicly numerous times over the past few days.

"The vast majority of us in the Republican conference have been left out of these discussions and we have no idea what's going on, and I think that is a problem for our leadership and I think it's growing problem for the chances of this bill", Byrne, who is supporter of the health care bill and part of the whip operation to help pass it.

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