Freedom Caucus, White House feud not dissipating

Posted April 14, 2017

Rand Paul, a top conservative critic of House Republicans' failed plan to replace ObamaCare, concluded his golf outing Sunday with President Trump by saying party members are "getting closer" on a compromise repeal plan and that he remains "very optimistic". Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., protected many Republicans by averting a House vote on the doomed bill, but several dozen supported it in committees.

President Trump said if resistant Republicans don't come around on repealing and replacing ObamaCare, he'll work with Democrats to get a deal and then "the Freedom Caucus loses so big". One of them, Rep. Jim Jordan of OH, responded Sunday to a possible primary threat from a Trump-backed challenger in 2018 by saying he welcomed competition and wants a health care bill with broader support from the public.

"When I talked to people, I still get a sense that the [Speaker Paul] Ryan [R-Wis.] bill was too big and had a lot of stuff that was objectionable to too many people", Paul said.

"I'm trying to offer a different way in case we're still at an impasse", Paul said. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-6th Dist.), who led the Democratic opposition to the Republican health care bill as the ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Scavino ends the tweet by urging Trump supporters to defeat Amash in his next primary.

In his tweet, the president pledged to "fight" members of the caucus with primary challengers in 2018.

On Saturday, White House social media Director Dan Scavino Jr. tweeted: "Donald Trump is bringing auto plants & jobs back to MI".

Paul, a Kentucky Republican, suggested a possibility of keeping some subsidies in the 2010 law in place rather than replacing them with a new bundle of tax credits, a move that could keep conservatives from basically voting for new entitlements. It is thought that he has credibility in two ways: (1) he is a medical doctor, and is therefore quite familiar with the health care industry; and (2) he is a free market conservative with libertarian tendencies and the son of Ron Paul, another medical doctor who was a long-time congressman and is still a staunch defender of liberty.

The bill was pulled after many members of the hardline conservative House Freedom Caucus opposed the bill, leaving the AHCA short of the votes needed to pass the House despite the GOP's majority.

As congressional Republicans struggle for consensus on healthcare policy, one of the primary architects of that discord-the House Freedom Caucus-has publicly laid out its demands.

Those Obamacare backers said that after the failure of the GOP's repeal, which would have severely curtailed the Medicaid expansion, it made sense for holdout states to sign up.

He goes on to say that "things usually work out for the best in the end", and that may have been true for Trump in business, when he was used to negotiating bilateral deals.