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Morning of health care vote Trump bypasses press to make last minute case on Twitter: ‘The irony is…’

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Maybe a little irony will twist a few arms this time.

After failing to garner the 213 votes necessary to approve the House version of the American Health Care Act Thursday, President Donald Trump took to Twitter in an attempt to sway members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus.

Trump observed that after seven years of being saddled with Obamacare, conservatives should be eager to try another approach.

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He added that conservatives should be pleased to eliminate federal funding of Planned Parenthood, something the bill under consideration would accomplish.

“The irony is that the Freedom Caucus, which is very pro-life and against Planned Parenthood, allows P.P. to continue if they stop this plan!” the president and author of “The Art of the Deal” said.

House Freedom Caucus members, as well as conservative Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah, argue that the AHCA doesn’t go nearly far enough.

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It doesn’t completely repeal the Affordable Care Act and it leaves out many market-based provisions conservatives want to see in place. Also, although the AHCA replaces Obamacare’s subsidies with tax credits, which conservatives argue is little more than another entitlement.

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