Freedom Caucus: We Did Trump A Favor Blocking Bad O’Care Repeal Bill

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., center, the chairman of the Freedom Caucus, reacts to a reporter's question, as he walks after a Freedom Caucus meeting on Capitol Hill, Thursday, March 23, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The moment the news broke that Republicans were pulling their bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act rather than watch it die on the House floor, the blame game commenced.

Though House Speaker Paul Ryan, moderate Republicans, congressional Democrats, and President Donald Trump all had fingers pointed in their direction for the health care bill’s failure, no group took more heat than the House Freedom Caucus—the few dozen hardline conservatives who opposed the bill after successfully pushing it farther to the right.

On Monday, Freedom Caucus spokesperson Alyssa Farah fired back on Twitter at the group’s critics, arguing that the bill was so bad that blocking its passage was a gift to Congress and President Trump—who would have suffered politically in future elections had it passed.

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