Trump Blames Democrats In Wake Of Defeat On Health Care Bill

On Friday, Rep. Justin Amash, a Republican from MI, argued the House Freedom Caucus had done nothing more than exercise its authority to improve the legislation - despite dire warnings from the White House and leaders that voting against the bill could hurt the President's agenda and threaten the party's political future.

Ryan said. "Are we willing to say yes to the good, the very good, even if it's not the flawless?"

Although the Trump administration has no plans to revisit health policy for at least a year, the president is certain his office will see the end of the Obama-era law.

"He said, 'you know, perhaps it's time for us to start talking to some moderate Democrats as well, and come up with a bipartisan solution, ' " the chief of staff said of Trump's comments after the bill was pulled.

Asked why they couldn't pass a bill when Republicans maintain control of the presidency, the House, and the Senate, Mulvaney posted a clear question.

The caucus - which is made up for approximately three dozen hardline conservatives - felt the legislation put forth by House leadership did not go far enough to repeal the health care law. "He said 'Bob, I'm killing the bill, '" Costa explained.

A recent poll on the public's view of Mr Trump's health reforms revealed just 17 per cent approved.

Whether you see Donald Trump's failed attempt to repeal Obamacare as an embarrassing defeat or a bold step to strengthen his grip on power depends on your faith in the President's political acumen. On Thursday night, to appease the demands of the ultraconservative House Freedom Caucus, House Speaker Paul Ryan quietly introduced an amendment that would gut the "essential health benefits" protected by Obamacare.

Media captionPaul Ryan: "I won't sugar coat this".

"This kind of cuts two ways".

Mr Ryan also told reporters the president had been "really been fantastic". Trump sold himself as a master negotiator, the consummate practitioner of the "art of the deal", but after Trumpcare's disastrous demise, investors aren't so sure.

Here's what members of Michigan's congressional delegation said about the proposed American Health Care Act.

Many Republican lawmakers encountered upset constituents at town hall meetings, who anxious about the repercussions of replacing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Early Friday, reports from within Congress seemed to indicate a falling out between the White House and Ryan, with some sources close to the bill speculating that the White House was pulling support in an effort to force Ryan to stand behind his legislation. It was a disaster. "It's more complicated. But even more to the point, the president campaigned as a populist against the Democratic and Republican establishments".

"We have ideas. They have ideas, to try to improve Obamacare", Schumer said on This Week.

Speaking in the Oval Office on Saturday, Trump said: "We learned a lot about loyalty" from the effort.

He also told the NYT that he "did not fault Mr. Ryan, " but added that he was just "going along" with the bill because the Republican Party was adamant about making Obamacare a legislative priority.

"I will not sugar coat this".

"I would hope that the Freedom Caucus would get credit", Brooks said. "Doing big things is hard". The White House is betting that they will cave, given that saving Obamacare is something these conservative Republicans will never be able to stomach.

And House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer said it was a "good day" for Americans, adding "we worked over years to assure that the American public would have access to affordable, quality healthcare".

  • Joanne Flowers