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Is the Freedom Caucus obstructing the Republican agenda?

President Trump is publicly clashing with the Freedom Caucus, a group of hardline conservatives in the House, in the wake of the GOP health care debacle. Trump blames the group for the bill's collapse, tweeting "We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018!" Conservatives are aghast that the president would threaten to primary members of his own party. Others say the Freedom Caucus must prioritize actual governing over ideological purity, and stop obstructing the GOP agenda. What do you think?

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Trump has singled out the Freedom Caucus and called out individual members on Twitter. Two days after the GOP health care bill failed, Trump put the faction on blast: "Democrats are smiling in D.C. that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club For Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & Ocare!"

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But the Freedom Caucus responded with both sarcasm and indifference. Trump's approval ratings are so dismal that his threats ring hollow, and public support for the GOP health care bill was so low that voting for it would've been a bigger real political risk.

"I mean, it's constructive in fifth grade," Rep. Justin Amash, R-Michigan, a founding member of the Freedom Caucus, sarcastically told reporters at the Capitol today when asked if Trump's pressure could reignite negotiations.
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The Freedom Caucus's objection to the Republican replacement for Obamacare was that it was actually just Obamacare Lite. "Repeal and replace" has been the GOP mantra for seven years, and the caucus claimed it would be betraying its constituency by voting for a bill that retained some of Obamacare's provisions.

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The raison d'etre of the Freedom Caucus is strict adherence to conservative ideology. To many conservatives, compromise now equals betrayal, and the group's adherence to pure ideology is admired by many.

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But other right-wingers are sick of being the party of 'No.' That worked during the Obama years, but now that Republicans have control of both Congress and the White House, they will be expected to deliver on their promises.

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Critics say the Freedom Caucus is creating problems for their party. If they remain completely inflexible on every demand and refuse to compromiseeverhow can the GOP get anything done? What's the point of purity if it paralyzes the legislative process?

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Is the Freedom Caucus obstructing the Republican agenda?
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