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Republican lawmaker quits conservative House group over healthcare conflict

Republican lawmaker quits conservative House group over healthcare conflict

President Donald Trump again blamed the House Freedom Caucus, a group of about three dozen right-wing representatives, for the failure of his health care bill to replace Obamacare.

US President Donald Trump on Sunday accused a pair of conservative organisations and a group of hard-right House lawmakers of being at least partially responsible for the collapse of the Republican effort to overhaul the nation's healthcare law.

A new Gallup survey showed that Trump's job approval rating dropped to 36% over the past three days (March 24-26) after he and House Speaker Paul Ryan chose to pull the Republican health care bill from consideration on Friday.

Mr Trump initially focused his blame on Democrats for the failure and predicted a dire future for the current law.

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Now the issue has reemerged - and the same ultra-conservative House caucus that helped sink the Obamacare repeal bill is going along with their president.

Then, the New York Times Magazine reported Sunday that during the negotiations, Trump told Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa., co-leader of the moderate GOP Tuesday Group caucus: "I'm going to blame you" if the bill fails.

Freedom Caucus members defended their positions, saying the plan pushed by House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., cost too much and didn't do enough to repeal the law. Significant shifts toward the conservative House Freedom Caucus would only serve to drive even more moderate members away from the bill.

“He doesnt blame Paul Ryan, ” Priebus said.

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Trump had no public events scheduled for Sunday and held what his staff said were meetings for the second day in a row at Trump National Golf Club in Potomac Falls, Virginia.

Mr Priebus said Mr Trump was looking ahead for now at debate over the budget and a tax plan, which he said would include a border adjustment tax and middle-class tax cuts. He argued that the process leading up to the vote was unusual, because the Trump administration continued to add more components to their bill as late as Friday morning.

"Stop undermining ACA, and we'll work with them", Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., said on ABC.

"I still believe that there is a good chance, if moderates and conservatives can come together, that we repeal and replace Obamacare, bring premiums down, cover more people", he said. This came after House Republicans failed to achieve a consensus on the replacement bill. "It's going south. It would be nice to get the Democrats on board", Priebus told Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday". Trump also spent Saturday at his Virginia club.

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