House GOP abruptly pulls troubled health care bill; Walden comments, see video
- Author: Zachary Reyes Mar 26, 2017,
Mar 26, 2017, 21:58
On Friday, an uncharacteristically calm Trump said he and the GOP would simply move from healthcare and focus next on tax reform, though he offered no specifics on his strategy.
It was "disastrous piece of legislation", he said. "What actually gets you in trouble is when you actually get what you ask for". At least, one observes, the Democrats had a bill. The bill was pulled from the House floor Friday in a humiliating political defeat for the president.
Like it or not, lawmakers were warned that a roll call was imminent.
"When they all become, civilised and get together, and try to work out a great health care bill for the people of this country, we're open to it", he said.
The Daily Caller, in particular, mocked House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi who was "briefly stalled by an uncooperative microphone" when she "and several other House Democrats held a press conference on Friday afternoon to gloat over Speaker Paul Ryan's decision to cancel the vote".
US Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (L) (R-WI) walks with OMB Director Mick Mulvaney (R) to a meeting of the House Republican caucus at the US Capitol on March 23, 2017.
After the bill's death, a downtrodden Ryan acknowledged that America would be "living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future".
US President Donald Trump faced his first big legislative test.
Of course, all of that could quickly change if House Republicans put aside their differences and vote for the bill in its current form. Although the Republican leadership made a major concession to them on Thursday by removing the federal mandate that health insurance plans cover "essential health benefits" such as maternity care and mental healthcare, this was not enough to win them over.
In a Twitter message Friday, Brown said he was relieved the bill was withdrawn, adding: "The #ACA endures". This combination of hate and ignorance was called the Tea Party and Republicans jumped aboard the insane train and held on for dear life. With ideologues emboldened by their ability to defy the president, Billet says the tone is set for Trump's agenda ahead, and it looks to be in trouble. The decision to withdraw the repeal bill comes during the same week as the seventh-year anniversary of Obamacare.
Trump still wants reforms on taxation and on immigration, and it's expected he'll introduce a $1-trillion infrastructure spending package. After years of harping on the collapsing health care plan installed by President Barack Obama and the then-Democrat controlled House and Senate, they had their opportunity to govern responsibly. "I think in healthcare, it's [a] much, much more complicated issue, where you start out with ObamaCare, which had all these issues, and you're trying to kind of get rid of it and make changes simultaneously".
"The defeat of health care reconciliation threatens to derail the entire Trump economic plan".
It struck congressional expert Josh Huder as a miscalculation. In 2013, before the ACA's coverage went into effect, 1 in 3 LGBT people making less than $45,000 per year were uninsured, the report.
Separately, a Washington Post reporter described a call with Trump in which he said the bill would not return any time soon.
He added, "Republicans never ever agree on health care".
Jonathan Gruber, the MIT economics professor who helped craft the original Affordable Care Act legislation, had an idea how complicated it could be.
"To me, the Republicans are like the dog that caught the auto. They realize the vehicle is going fast and it's pretty heavy; but now they don't know what to do with it", Gruber says. "It turns out Obamacare was a carefully crafted compromise between a lot of competing interests in a way to create a balanced system". Overhauling the system is no simple feat.
"I am still a no at this time".
As for Trump, he blamed Democrats for refusing to back him.
Trump immediately directed blame toward the Democrats.
"What does this mean for the wall with Mexico? Should we be pumping billions into that?"