"We have our own way of evaluating things and making our points heard, and it's not necessarily through the press, the way that they do it," Rep. Ryan Costello, R-Pa., a second-term lawmaker from the Philadelphia's western suburbs, said Thursday in reference to the Freedom Caucus, a noisy group of roughly 30 conservatives who have used their high-profile media appearances to gain several audiences with President Donald Trump to question Ryan's direction in the health-care fight.
The Washington Post counts Costello and Dent (see previous post) as among the "sleeping giants" -- i.e. moderate Republicans in the House -- who could upset Paul Ryan's plans for ACA replacement. Read the full article here, then go out and talk to your guy. Tell him what the ACA means to you and your family, and what repeal could mean.
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the test for these Republicans will be how they respond if Ryan and Trump appease the conservatives.
Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa., chairman of the Tuesday Group, delivered a warning that his moderates might be willing to topple the entire legislation if it means a bad deal for their districts.
He wouldn't commit to how many were in those ranks, but for the first time these moderates have leverage, if they choose to use it.