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Conservatives Target Paul Ryan, Threaten to Derail Obamacare Repeal

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By    |   Friday, 10 Mar 2017 10:57 AM

The melee among House Republicans wages on over the Obamacare repeal legislation, as conservatives continue to squabble with leadership over a bill they say isn't conservative enough.

And the man in the middle with a bulls-eye on his chest is Speaker Paul Ryan, who's taking flak from all sides on his signature legislation — the American Healthcare Act.

"What concerns me is that we don't trust the leadership in the House or the Senate to keep their promises," Tea Party Patriots President Jenny Beth Martin, told The Hill.

"What we hear from the White House is, this is a work in progress," Freedom Caucus member Mark Sanford, told The Washington Post. "Then we hear from leadership, take it or leave it."

However, even conservatives can't come to a consensus on what it would take to earn their support, Politico reported.

Restructuring of the tax credits are important to the Freedom Caucus; the Republican Study Conference wants Medicaid Expansion phased out sooner and work requirements for non-disabled adults.

"I think it's a lump of sugar for a three-lump coffee drinker," Freecom Caucus Rep. Morgan Griffith told Politico.

And every pull to the right threatens votes from more moderate Republicans.

And again — Ryan is between a rock and a hard place, perhaps moving too fast, perhaps not moving fast enough, depending on who's doing the criticizing.

"I want us to slow down to take more time to be sure we get this right," Sen. Susan Collins said.

Sen. Tom Cotton tweeted out a similar message of "slow down" early Thursday.

But Tucker Carlson criticized Ryan for taking time during the Easter recess, and the Tea Party president lamented that Ryan and Republicans have the majority and are plum out of excuses.

"We have heard from thousands of our supporters who are upset about Paul Ryan's bill. They want full repeal. We've seen so many excuses come from Capitol Hill," Martin told The Hill. "We've heard them all and we're wise to it now."

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