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They pulled it off the House floor after a rebellion by the most conservative Republican lawmakers who argued that parts of it were too similar to the Obamacare law it was meant to replace as well as moderates who anxious about the number of Americans who would lose health insurance.

Republicans say they will now pivot to tax cuts and other issues while they try working out their differences.

"That's how we do things on the battlefield, that's how things should be done here", said freshman Rep. Brian Mast (R., Fla.), an Army veteran who lost both legs after being wounded in Afghanistan. "It's something the American people have demanded that we do". "Obviously we do, but we're not going to discuss those (publicly)", Meadows said. "We're going to keep talking to each other until we get it right". The vote was indeed a defining moment - a test in which the Freedom Caucus had to decide: Would it remain a minoritarian opposition bloc whose only role was to defend truth without compromise?

House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters Tuesday that repeal efforts would continue on the Hill.

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has suggested that there's no appetite to take on health care in his chamber of Congress.

"I think it was the longest prayer we've ever had", New York Republican Rep. Chris Collins said, referring to the opening prayer that is part of every conference. Instead, he embraced the deeply unpopular plan introduced by House Speaker Paul Ryan, which the Congressional Budget Office estimated would force 14 million Americans off coverage next year and millions more later, largely because of massive cuts to Medicaid.

Asked about House plans for a do-over, Sen. "Friday the timeline wasn't there, the votes were not there yet", House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said.

"It's going to be entirely up to them and what they can pass", he said. Will they intervene and make sure it does? NPR White House correspondent Tamara Keith reports.

Trump tweeted early Thursday, "The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don't get on the team, & fast".

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CLINTON: It is not a Republican agreement or a Democratic one. Yes", he said. "Are we actively planning an immediate strategy? We're looking forward to that. That's after President Donald Trump lashed out at the Republican conservative group Thursday morning.

The Trump administration is aware of the conversations and a senior administration official said the White House is nudging them on.

"Can you add additional folks on without pushing additional folks off?" he said.

Julius Hobson, a healthcare lobbyist and attorney with the law firm Polsinelli, said a "full blown push at the repeal and replace is going to be extremely hard to pull off". They might want to pray that that effort turns out better than the last one.

If President Donald Trump is serious about providing health care for all Americans, he could start by enforcing the law.

"Drop repeal, drop it today and drop it for good".

"We'll find out who is truly for repeal of Obamacare and who is not", Brooks said. "We're willing to make changes". Poe was in favor of the Republican legislation, but the Freedom Caucus argued the proposal did not go far enough in repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare. Randy Weber, R-Texas.

It appears there's been a shift at the White House on who's to blame for the failed attempt at health care reform. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

All I can think of is a world without media bias and dishonest politicians. Eventually it became clear to Trump that the Freedom Caucus would never take yes for an answer. He noted that caucus members had been among Trump's biggest supporters. "The game would have been over if the bill failed, but we chose to take a halftime and reassess". The conservative right, in particular, gravitated towards Trump before most other voters, even "out-righting" the likes of Ted Cruz.


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