Dark clouds of health care fight loom as battle lines are drawn within GOP

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Dark clouds of health care fight loom as battle lines are drawn within GOP (Sinclair Broadcast Group)

It’s been a contentious week in the nation’s Capitol and for once, it’s not just the Republicans vs. the Democrats. In light of a failed attempt by the GOP to repeal and replace The Affordable Care Act, different factions of the party are now shifting blame and that finger pointing goes all the way up to the White House.

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY), who voted no on the Republican Plan they called The American Health Care Act of 2017, described the process like this:

“It was two trains speeding toward each other and there was no good ending.”

Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) convinced President Trump to let him pull the Bill before a vote was taken. Ryan later called it a setback.

This week, members of the House Freedom Caucus like leader Rep. Mark Meadows, spent much of the week defending his decision to vote no.

“The bill that was before us was actually one that didn’t repeal all of Obamacare didn’t replace perhaps as much as some would like,” said Rep. Meadows in an interview.

While some said the process was rushed, Rep. Massie said Republicans “should have on day one had a plan ready. We should have vetted it last year as soon as the election happened,” he added.

That infighting brought a scolding from the boss, with President Trump tweeting Thursday “The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire republican agenda if they don't get on the team and fast. We must fight them and Dems in 2018"

“Without a portion of the party on board, the White House even signaled this week they may try to turn to the other side of the aisle to get legislation passed.

In a Press Briefing Monday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said,

“I think he’s going to be willing to listen to other voices on the other side to figure out if people want to work with him to get these big things done to make Washington.”

It’s a prospect Speaker Paul Ryan signaled he’s against in an interview with CBS News.

“If this Republican congress allows the perfect to be the enemy of the good I worry we’ll push the president to working with democrats,” Ryan told Norah O’Donnell.