Trump derides Democrats for loss of TrumpCare healthcare bill while Republicans hold power in Washington. 


Trump derides Democrats for loss of TrumpCare healthcare bill while Republicans hold power in Washington.

The decision to pull the bill represents a staggering loss for President Trump, who on Thursday night gave House Republicans a bold ultimatum: vote yes Friday, or lose your shot at repealing Obamacare. It seems that Republicans were willing to call Trump’s bluff.  More from Vanity Fair here.

House Freedom Caucus are the extreme right wing of GOP who wanted to make the AHCA health care bill even worse!

House Freedom Caucus are the extreme right wing of GOP who wanted to make the AHCA health care bill even worse!

The House Freedom Caucus is “so secretive that it will not disclose the names of its members.”  In the current (115th) Congress, the group has about three dozen members. A number of members have identified themselves, or have been identified by others, as members of the Freedom Caucus, as of March 2017 including:

Mark Meadows of North Carolina, Chairman, 2017–present
Justin Amash of Michigan
Brian Babin of Texas
Rod Blum of Iowa
Dave Brat of Virginia
Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma
Mo Brooks of Alabama
Ken Buck of Colorado
Warren Davidson of Ohio
Ron DeSantis of Florida
Scott DesJarlais of Tennessee
Jeff Duncan of South Carolina
Trent Franks of Arizona
Tom Garrett Jr. of Virginia
Paul Gosar of Arizona
Morgan Griffith of Virginia
Andy Harris of Maryland
Jody Hice of Georgia
Jim Jordan of Ohio,  Chairman, 2015–2017
Raúl Labrador of Idaho
Alex Mooney of West Virginia
Thomas Massie of Kentucky
Gary Palmer of Alabama
Steve Pearce of New Mexico
Scott Perry of Pennsylvania
Bill Posey of Florida
Mark Sanford of South Carolina
David Schweikert of Arizona
Randy Weber of Texas
Ted Yoho of Florida

Learn more about the Freedom Caucus from Wikipedia here.

The unpublicized pledge sowed the seeds of Friday’s collapse of the Republican Party’s seven-year campaign to replace Obamacare with its own vision of health care reform. While Trump and leadership were able to win over some Freedom Caucus members, the parties to the pact refused to budge without a green light from their peers, despite receiving one concession after another.  Politico writes a great story about the doomed AHCA health care bill here. 

Notable Tweet: Watch: Ted Koppel tells Sean Hannity, to his face, that he’s bad for America.


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Watch: Ted Koppel tells Sean Hannity, to his face, that he’s bad for America.

Trump’s decision to shut down ads for ACA during enrollment viewed as sabotage, Inspector General to investigate. 

Trump’s decision to shut down ads for ACA during enrollment viewed as sabotage, Inspector General to investigate.

The Department of Health and Human Services inspector general has launched an investigation into the Trump administration’s decision to pull ads encouraging people to sign up for the Affordable Care Act during the enrollment period. By shutting down such outreach, the action could be seen as a stealth way to starve the health plan without legislative authority, critics say.

President Donald Trump’s administration said the ads were a waste of money, but Democrats have characterized the action as sabotage.  More from the Huffington Post here.