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So help me explain why we went backwards …. … It doesn't matter what you think …. It matters what the rank‑and‑file thinks. And that's the whole reason why you have an employee survey … if you're thinking that everything is kumbaya, I mean, how do we fix the problem? How many have you implemented? Therein is the problem, Mr. Gardner. When you get information from rank‑and‑file employees and you do nothing with it, there is a problem. Then they think that their opinion doesn't matter.feedback
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Apr 10 2017
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It's important to set realistic expectations that passing a bill between now and Friday is still a Herculean task.feedback

It was a very good exchange of ideas, with concerns that represent the very broad spectrum of our conference. It perhaps is as much of a repeal as we can get done. That's the calculation we have to make.feedback

Anything that gets changed substantially allows you to walk back those declarations. It's premature to say where we are or what we're on, because we're at that conceptual stage right now.feedback

We're hopeful that we'll get the legislative text within the next 24 hours.feedback

We're waiting to see what the legislative text actually outlines but we remain open minded and willing to look at the details of the plan.feedback

We remain open minded and willing to look at details for the plan, so we're hopeful. We are encouraged by at least the idea – intrigued by the idea – but would certainly need a whole lot more information before we take action in support or opposition.feedback

Freedom Caucus stood with u when others ran. Remember who your real friends are. We're trying to help u succeed.feedback

The narrative is not surprising in the White House because I think some of his advisers are suggesting that it was consensus that we pulled the rug out from underneath the president's agenda and nothing could be further from the truth.feedback

I don't think we need to go home until we get this done. I've reached out to five different Democrats already.feedback

I don't think we need to go home until . . . we get a solution done.feedback

Obviously everybody wants to find a way to get this passed and we're going to work real hard to do that.feedback

You know how this works. To put a stake in it today would not be accurate, and nor would it be the narrative that this is a great failure for the president. He's done more in 65 days than any president in modern history. And so let's put it in real perspective where we are.feedback

I fully expect that what we're going to see is not only real tax reform, but other measures that come along. So, tax reform and lowering taxes, you know, will create and generate more income. And so we're looking at those, where the fine balance is. But does it have to be fully offset? My personal response is no.feedback

Let's go ahead and pass one without [a] border adjustment.feedback

I mean, if [Democrats are] applauding, they shouldn't, because I can tell you that conversations over the last 48 hours are really about how we come together in the Republican Conference and try to get this over the finish line.feedback

I fully expect that what we're going to see is not only a real tax reform but other measures that come along. And I still believe that there is a good chance, if moderates and conservatives can come together, that we repeal and replace Obamacare, bring premiums down, cover more people.feedback

I'm still a 'no' on the bill. I think it's the president leading, and I applaud him for leading.feedback

We have not gotten enough of our members to get to 'yes' at this point, under what we are currently considering. However, I would say progress is being made.feedback

At this point, some of the provisions here do not lower health-care costs enough ... for my constituents. We've got to make sure it lowers health costs. The president's engagement is unparalleled. The president has made some very good-faith gestures.feedback

I can tell you at this point we are trying to get another 30 to 40 votes that are now in the 'no' category to 'yes.' Once we do that I think we can move forward.feedback

We are working very diligently tonight to try and get there. The overall impression of the Freedom Caucus is we're willing to jump through unbelievable hurdles to hopefully get to a point where this bill is better for the American people.feedback

I can tell you that we're making great progress. We're not there yet. But we're hopeful.feedback

Do I think it gives the president a loss? Absolutely not. We are going to get to the finish line.feedback

We are hopeful as we start to make progress in these negotiations with some of the things the White House shared with us. We would not be where we are today in even considering this if it had not been for President Trump's personal involvement ... He's moved this a very long way. Not only for House Freedom Caucus but for other members.feedback

We're encouraged tonight, just based on the real willingness of not only the White House, but our leadership, to make this bill better.feedback

They have made clear that is their belief. But I have talked to senators who say that not only has it not been adjudicated, but it hasn't even really been presented in a meaningful way, so that narrative is simply not a narrative based on fact. It's based on conjecture and belief – which I think it's a deeply held belief for them, but it's not based on fact.feedback

This is not a personality decision; this is a policy decision. It won't lower premiums, and until it does, I'm going to be a no, even if I sends me home.feedback

They don't have the votes to pass this tomorrow. The opposition is still strong.feedback

I serve at the pleasure of the people of North Carolina. When you serve at their pleasure, it's only those 750,000 people that can send you home and it's a temporary job and I've known that since Day One.feedback

They're already whipping with a whip that's about 10 feet long and five feet wide. I'm trying to let my members vote the way that their constituents would want them to vote. . . . I think they're all very aware of the political advantages and disadvantages. This is a defining moment for our nation, but it's also a defining moment for the Freedom Caucus. There are core things within this bill as it currently stands that would violate some of the principles of the Freedom Caucus.feedback

They're already whipping with a whip that's about 10 feet long and 5 feet wide. I'm trying to let my members vote the way that their constituents would want them to vote.feedback

I'm confident that we still have enough concerns that a vote of 216 votes in the House would not happen today. There are core things within this bill as it currently stands that would be violate some of the principals of the Freedom Caucus. They're already whipping with a whip that's about 10 feet long and five feet wide.feedback

There's not anywhere close to the votes. I can assure you that this bill needs to be changed.feedback

I think he is looking for amendments to be made to make it better.feedback

They will whip it, and they will find 40 nos and another 30 or 40 undecideds.feedback

That is probably the No. 1 priority. If we can get those, it would make the rest of it a whole lot easier.feedback

I'll say this, if the bill that comes to the floor is the exact same one in Budget, I'll feel a little bit that I'd been had.feedback

He's a very worthy opponent, let's put it that way. You can be a worthy adversary and not be an enemy.feedback

We'll be judged on one thing. It is not a CBO score. It is not even on keeping our word – even though we will be judged on that. It will be if premiums are coming down. That's the number that matters.feedback

He is looking for amendments to be made, to make it better. Ultimately it's going to have to be amended to get enough support for passage on the House floor. We see some of the things we're recommending needing to be adjudicated in the Senate.feedback

Ultimately it will be President Trump that saves this deal.feedback

When he gets information from everybody, before the final decision is made, somebody might say, Well, I had a great conversation with him. Then he'll go and go in another direction and have another great conversation. That's how business people make decisions.feedback

I'm very confident based on my conversations with the White House the willingness to negotiate in good faith the things that drive down health care premiums.feedback

Do I expect all of the issues many of the Freedom Caucus would like would like to have to be in a final bill passage? The answer is no.feedback

If that's the best that they can do, then perhaps they have a different whip count than I have.feedback

I didn't hear anything that said it's a binary choice at the White House today.feedback

You better be a little careful about just calling Louisiana a bunch of swampland and disparaging other parts of the country.feedback

I would be the first to admit that calls from the president will certainly influence members and to suggest otherwise would be to ignore politics. Whether you fully supported Donald Trump or not, getting a call from President Trump obviously makes a difference.feedback

What the vice president is saying is that this foundation is a good foundation. The bill that was introduced last night is still open for negotiation.feedback

Repeal, to many, meant to many that we would repeal the entire Obamacare plan. All the taxes, all the mandates. When he talked about replacement, it took on another meaning to many, meaning that people with preexisting conditions would not be kicked off their plans. Let me tell you, those two things are still the focus.feedback

The fundamental question is, when we see the full plan, will it reduce health care costs and will it do so over time? And when will we see the repeal of Obamacare insurance mandates if this is enacted?feedback

He did talk about saving Medicare and Social Security, and as someone who was on the campaign trail with him in November, it was really about making sure that people who were getting benefits, or about to get benefits, are protected.feedback

I think there would be lots of people afraid to vote no, but I think there would be enough [unafraid] where you couldn't get to 218.feedback

Currently there are not enough votes to pass it in the House.feedback

The tax credits included in Ryan's plan will create an entirely new entitlement program. We are concerned about a new federal plan that will only increase premiums and lead to higher prices. We are not going to fix healthcare by replacing Obamacare with another plan that won't work.feedback

I can give you three of four different reasons. They've asked for everybody's input. Obviously the final result of where we are today is not something that I support and I'm not alone in that analysis.feedback

The way it's put forth would actually take the number of tax credits from 9.5 million people that get a subsidy today and potentially increase it to 40 million people. We're going to pay for that by putting a tax on union workers and middle-class workers that happen to have good employer insurance. That dog doesn't hunt.feedback

We committed to the American people to repeal every tax (in Obamacare), every mandate, the regulations, and to defund (women's healthcare provider) Planned Parenthood. That's what the American people expect us to do – and they expect us to do it quickly.feedback

While serious concerns remain, I have been please to hear the speaker commit to bringing up a healthcare replacement bill within days, now weeks, of a repeal measure.feedback

We need to be voting for a replacement plan at the same time that we vote for repeal.feedback

If we're going to repeal it, we need to repeal the taxes.feedback

It would have to be an unbelievable, compelling case to suggest we need more than two years to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.feedback

To suggest that President-elect Trump's victory didn't weigh as a factor in terms of the speaker's race would be disingenuous to suggest otherwise.feedback

The results speak for itself. Was Steve Bannon effective? I don't' think anybody here would deny that he was effective.feedback

When we're looking at government oversight, it really has to do with previous government actions.feedback

The speaker has been pretty clear. We're looking at all legislative options in order to make sure that we address this in the fairest and most concise way.feedback

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