They are called the Freedom Caucus, and they hold the key to the fate of a White House-backed legislation moved by the Republican party to repeal and replace Obamacare, which conservatives have railed and ran against for years.
Some GOP members believed that demands from the conservative House Freedom Caucus, which included adding insurance regulations that may not have gotten through the Senate, were the reason for the failure. The President noted that the bill would defund Planned Parenthood and that the caucus would be forgoing an attempt to block funding for the organization, perhaps in the hopes that he could shame the caucus into backing the bill. Although women aren't excluded from the caucus, there are no publicly identified female members of the group, whose most prominent members include its chairman, North Carolina's Mark Meadows, Ohio's Jim Jordan, Idaho's Raul Labrador, Alabama's Mo Brooks, Michigan's Justin Amash and Sanford. One of the major questions being debated was one that affects half the country: whether maternity care and mammograms would be considered "essential" treatments that all health care plans should be required to cover.
President Donald Trump is endorsing the Republican proposal on health care as "a great plan", ahead of a make-or-break vote in the House.
On Friday, House Speaker Paul Ryan cancelled the final vote for the ObamaCare replacement bill, upon concluding he didn't have enough votes despite the chamber's GOP majority.
Now, House Republican leaders are struggling with the same divisions that plagued them under President Barack Obama.
"When you have a group of 30 people that are legitimately unwilling to ever get to 'yes, ' and when you give them what they ask for they move the goal posts yet again, you are never going to get this bill done", Kinzinger said. Republican leaders amended the bill to eliminate regulations on insurance plans in an effort to woo conservative support.
Well, the lowest common denominator is that they want government to be less involved in health care, spending less federal money to help people get insured and having fewer requirements for insurers. "Let's get back to work and do what we told the voters we were going to do". One of the more obvious places to start would be the Congressional Black Caucus, though he appeared, several weeks after he'd become president, to be unaware that such a body existed.
"Meadows did not have words of criticism for the president, telling George Stephanopoulos that there's been a lot of discussion in the past 48 hours about how Republicans can come together to 'get this over the finish line".
However, practically everybody in official Washington is being accused of being at fault - from the caucus for its ideological purity, to Ryan for his inability to get the votes to President Trump for failing to deliver with his vaunted deal-making skills.