As GOP schism grows, Trump attacks fellow Republicans

Posted March 31, 2017

Republican strategist Karl Rove on Thursday criticized the conservative House Freedom Caucus for recently helping sink GOP healthcare legislation.

The group played a pivotal role in the failure last week of the House Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.

During the debate over the GOP's last health care bill, the Freedom Caucus' ever increasing demands on the House's Republican leadership progressively drove away Tuesday Group members. President Trump also made personal efforts to get them on board with the plan several times as well, but all to no success. "The president is committed to going down the path he is", Press Secretary Sean Spicer said.

Most of the group of 30 House Republicans rejected a previous White House ultimatum to vote for Trump's health care reform, delivered the new president a stinging political defeat.

Thomas Fitton, the president of Judicial Watch - a conservative legal advocacy group that successfully sued the Obama administration for the release of Hillary Clinton's State Department emails - made a pointed pitch for the release of all documents pertaining to the Russian Federation controversy, according to people who attended the session in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building adjacent to the White House. This is part of the reason many in the group were big Trump backers - they felt like he shared their "outsider" roots. They complained the bill didn't do enough to get the government out of health care.

One of the House Republican rebels, Kentucky Rep. Tom Massie, who wasn't just "no" on the bill but a "hell no", tweeted to Trump Thursday that they both came to drain the swamp.

"I know that we are all gonna make a deal on healthcare". Mr. Trump said after the legislation failed that he had "learned a lot about loyalty" in Washington.

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The same poll found negative views of five of the six changes Republicans envisioned for the bill, including allowing insurers to charge older customers higher premiums than is now allowed, reduced funds for Medicaid and denying federal dollars to Planned Parenthood. The called age-based tax credits in the bill meant to help people buy medical insurance an unwise new federal entitlement.

"'The president asked me to look you square in the eyes and to say that he hoped that you voted "no" on this bill so he could run [a primary challenger] against you in 2018, '" the lawmaker quoted Mulvaney as saying, according to the newspaper.

"I think what happened needed to happen", he added.

Left to lead a divided Republican conference, Ryan, speaking at a news conference Thursday, said he shared "the frustration" expressed and said "it's very understandable the president is frustrated".

Some argue Ryan was too willing to accept pieces of "Obamacare".

He closed the 140-character rant with, "We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018!" "They weren't going to give us a single vote, so it's a very hard thing to do". "Now, I want this thing gutted".

"The Democrats aren't for repealing Obamacare".