Trump fires up at fellow Republicans

Representative Mark Meadows, chairman of the Freedom Caucus, said the group has "no formal position" on the structure of tax reform legislation. In that event, Democrats will be integral to the process because of the 60-vote hurdle to do most of the legislating in the Senate.

There are 23 Republicans running in districts Hillary Clinton won in 2016, Henninger wrote, and he went on to predict that Republicans lost control of the House "around 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 23, 2017". But we should look at this second run by the Republicans as an opportunity for Democrats to show the nation that they have what it takes to win in 2018.

Conservatives supporting Donald Trump want to implement the president's agenda of border security, tax reform, more funds for the military, and infrastructure spending. He was humbled by an uncompromising Freedom Caucus over health care.

The House Republican healthcare bill, which would have repealed almost $900 billion in Obamacare taxes over a decade, was pulled from consideration last Friday because Republicans lacked the votes to pass it.

Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), one of the House Freedom Caucus' staunchest members, is now the target of Twitter attacks by President Donald Trump's social media director.

In a tweet on Thursday morning, Trump said the caucus "will hurt the entire Republican agenda", and suggested that members should face primary challenges next year.

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Without finishing the repeal and replacement of Obamacare first, lawmakers say, tax reform will be much more hard to accomplish primarily because the failed House repeal bill would have cut $1 trillion in taxes without adding to the deficit.

And Rep. Raul Labrador of Idaho, who criss-crossed the country to campaign for Trump past year, tweeted what may have been a veiled shot at House Speaker Paul Ryan. "I think we need to get it right and I'm going to continue to be one of those that says don't just pass anything, let's get it right".

Two Republican lawmakers, describing plans on the condition of anonymity, said Wednesday that House leaders would consider working into the weekend, although it was unclear what changes would be made to the Republicans' health bill. Ninety percent of Democrats, 62 percent of independents and even 31 percent of Republicans disapprove of Trump on the issue, his worst of seven issues tested in the poll.

The AHCA would have essentially repealed and replaced the Affordable Care Act (ACA), following through on the president's campaign promise. "Why can't you just do this?' Well, because there's 800,000 people back home, and we represent them". But this move spooked moderate Republicans, who were concerned it would leave their constituents with less care and bigger bills, and led to the bill being shelved. To counter that problem, the bill Alexander and Corker put forward would make it legal for people who receive health insurance subsidies under the law to spend them outside the exchanges. But when they had the opportunity last week to take action as the governing party, some in the caucus reverted to their days in opposition and said "no" to a conservative plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. "We will never meet with the Freedom Caucus, because it's not appropriate for a group of ad hoc members".

"I don't take it personally", Meadows said Friday after speaking at the event at UNC Asheville. This is the first time they are serving with a Republican in the White House to sign bills they might pass. Because young people are less prone to injury and illness, older Americans with healthcare plans will be charged about five times more than their younger counterparts.

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