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President Donald J. Trump reacts after Republicans abruptly pulled their health care bill from the House floor last week

Trump, for his part, blamed Democrats and has since lambasted the House Freedom Caucus, a group of conservative GOP members who opposed the bill.

Since the Affordable Care Act became the law of the land in 2010, the Republican-controlled House has, nearly 60 times, passed legislation to "repeal Obamacare" and shoved the legislation onto the Senate where it never got a vote.

Trump, a real estate magnate who touted his skills as a dealmaker in his 1987 book "The Art of the Deal", has accused Freedom Caucus lawmakers of snatching "defeat from the jaws of victory" with their rejection of the White House-backed healthcare bill to replace President Barack Obama's 2010 healthcare reform bill.

The White House is not allowed to direct the outside groups on what to do; those groups typically use public statements by the president and others to determine how to use their resources.

"I think it's going to happen because we've all been promising - Democrat, Republican - we've all been promising that to the American people", he said.

Ryan tells journalists: "It's very understandable the president is frustrated we haven't gotten to where we need to go, because this is something we all said we would do".

"It's hard to answer what this means for consumers given what we know now", he tells Consumerist.

Many conservatives have so far directed their anger at Ryan and GOP leadership, who they say misled the president on the legislation.

"I think we will have a better, stronger product that will unify the conference", Rep. Raúl Labrador (ID) told The New York Times.

Ryan enforced that message in the CBS interview, suggesting that Trump's patience was not infinite and he could be tempted to work with the other side if Republicans refuse to implement his agenda. But their clout is larger, as Trump and Ryan can not afford to lose too many House Republicans if they want to try to pass bills, like the Obamacare repeal, that attract zero Democratic support.

Trump hasn't been able to win over Republicans - particularly the hard-line right-wing House Freedom Caucus.

Meadows said he hasn't spoken to the president since negotiations fell apart but he's been working to reassure other administration officials he still wants to come up with a plan that can pass the House.

The Wisconsin Republican says he is pushing lawmakers to keep talking and try to reach a consensus on a health bill that could pass - but he declined to commit to another vote, saying he does not want to impose an "artificial timeline". Cory Gardner, R-Colo., who has raised concerns about the speed in which some Republican plans would eliminate an expansion of Medicaid enabled by the Affordable Care Act, which has provided insurance to 407,000 more Coloradans.

Obamacare repeal can't be a half-measure, and it will not be a dead issue, until it is repealed.

The House Freedom Caucus has approximately three dozen members, who were elected or re-elected comfortably in their districts.

Their tactics on health care prompted yet another call for party unity this week from House Speaker Paul Ryan. She's a longtime political operative and was among many in the Trump administration who noticed with irritation that pro-Trump groups weren't engaged in the fight over health care. Many members of the Caucus, sensing political danger from the more fanatical contingent of Trump voters, have distanced themselves from the group by remaining silent. Meadows says the group will be more flexible in this debate than they were on health care. "We should give people choices".

The bill has had the worst rollout of any major piece of legislation in memory, and failure is very much an option. Trump tweeted Thursday morning. Every day they're losing their insurance, paying higher premiums, having unreasonable deductibles, and generally suffering, while they see their money redistributed to people.

Franks said when the House Freedom Caucus demanded more substantive changes to the Ryancare bill, it was not looking to score advantages for its members' districts.

The reason that the health care bill failed is because it was barely a health care bill at all.

BENNETT: The Freedom Caucus is small, but when it acts as a block against legislation it opposes, it's big enough to exploit the Republican Party slim majority in the House, unnerving House leadership.

The idea that Trump could turn away from his own party at this stage is, to a degree, theater created to spook the far-right of the party into line. Meanwhile, moderates like Republican Senator Susan Collins of ME are pushing other options for the individual market that they hope could win bipartisan support.

"If this Republican Congress allows the ideal to become the enemy of the good, I worry we'll push the President to working with Democrats".

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