Mar 30, 2017

House GOP health care peacemaking deteriorates

Jack Gruber / AP

  • There was an effort yesterday to get House GOP conservatives — the House Freedom Caucus and Republican Study Committee — to meet with GOP moderates — the Tuesday Group — to talk about a path forward after last week's failed health care effort.
  • It ended up deteriorating into blame-shifting and recriminations.
  • The Tuesday Group met yesterday, and a Tuesday Group source said there were "fireworks at the meeting," with members resentful at being told to sit down with the Freedom Caucus.
  • There was supposed to be a meeting between the 3 groups later in the day, but it never happened.
  • A Tuesday Group source denied a meeting between the 3 groups was ever agreed to. But there were discussions between the 3 groups to have a meeting to hash it out, and a Freedom Caucus source believes the group reneged on the deal.
  • A spokesperson for the HFC did not return a request for comment.

From a well-placed House source:

"The underlying member angst can be put it in at least two categories: (1) suspicion and concerns about blame game; (2) authorizers who got pulled through tough markups upset that bill changes are being discussed among members without authorizers in the room."

From a White House source:

"Welcome to my life the last two weeks. This was never about policy. This was about people wanting to oppose each other and it's such a divided conference at the moment it's hard to get things done. We were the ones caught in the crossfire."

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