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Caitlin MacNeal

Caitlin MacNeal is a News Writer based in Washington, D.C. Before joining TPM, Caitlin interned and wrote for the Huffington Post, the Sunlight Foundation and Slate. She is a graduate of Georgetown University.

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Another moderate Republican, Rep. David Joyce (R-OH), came out against the bill to repeal and replace Obamacare on Friday afternoon, just a few hours before the House was set to vote on the legislation.

"My prior votes to repeal all or parts of Obamacare underscore what I have long argued - we need a better healthcare system," he said in a statement. "After listening to constituents, business leaders and medical professionals throughout my district, I came to the conclusion the American Health Care Act was not a better solution."

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Tierney Sneed contributed reporting.

As the House floor vote on Republicans' bill to repeal and replace Obamacare drew closer Friday afternoon, House Speaker Paul Ryan's (R-WI) office said that he would head to the White House to give President Donald Trump an update on the legislation.

"The speaker is going to the White House to update the president," Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong confirmed to TPM.

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Eric Trump has pledged not to talk about the family business with his father while the elder Trump occupies the Oval Office, but he let slip in an interview published Friday morning that he would continue to update the President on the Trump Organization's financials.

He told Forbes that he would keep President Donald Trump posted on "on the bottom line, profitability reports and stuff like that, but you know, that’s about it."

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As he's been wrangling votes for the American Health Care Act, President Donald Trump has privately said that he regrets taking on a repeal of Obamacare before working on a plan to slash taxes, according to the New York Times.

Per the Times, Trump "has told four people close to him that he regrets going along with Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s plan to push a health care overhaul before unveiling a tax cut proposal more politically palatable to Republicans."

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As Republicans geared up for a vote on their bill to repeal and replace Obamacare on Friday morning, despite uncertainty that leaders had gained enough support to pass the bill, President Donald Trump tried to push the conservative Freedom Caucus to back the legislation.

Trump used his favorite communication tool, Twitter, to single out the Freedom Caucus for its members' opposition to the House bill. The President noted that the bill would defund Planned Parenthood and that the caucus would be forgoing an attempt to block funding for the organization, perhaps in the hopes that he could shame the caucus into backing the bill.

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