Berkeley community reacts to tabling of Obamacare repeal bill
- Author: Joanne Flowers Mar 29, 2017,
Mar 29, 2017, 18:21
"We had a very constructive meeting with our members".
A member of the House Freedom Caucus says he will force the House to vote on a full repeal of former President Barack Obama's health care law in a month if the chamber hasn't acted to roll back the statute. Many Republicans also opposed it. "I think it's gonna happen, because we've all been promising, Democrat, Republican, we've all been promising that to the American people", Trump told the group.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republicans and White House officials sounded ready to abandon efforts to repeal and replace the nation's health care law, at least for now, even as House Republicans - and the president himself - insisted Tuesday they were not ready to give up. Despite their major role in the legislation being pulled from the House floor, they remained bullish on future efforts to reform the current law.
"We need to stay here on the weekend and have an all-day conference", Weber said, noting that the one-hour weekly meetings weren't enough time to work through the sticking points. But House Speaker Paul Ryan would not provide a timetable for a bill, saying they wanted to "get this right".
"They're going to have to know when it's time to get to the 'yes, '" Costello said.
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"I think part of this is going to be dependent on the degree to which we can come to consensus on a lot of big issues", he told reporters.
Representative Ted Poe resigned from the House Freedom Caucus on Sunday because of the group's refusal to vote for the healthcare bill championed by President Donald Trump. Staff was kicked out of the meeting after the opening prayer, a rare move for their weekly gathering.
It was described by lawmakers who attended as an open mic session where people discussed how to move forward. While no decisions have been made on how or when to revive the measure, members expressed unity.
"Opposition to government run health care has been a foundation of the Republican party for three or four generations now, so it is hard to see House Republicans walk away from efforts to protect the American people from this very bad law", said Michael Steel, former spokesman for ex-House Speaker John Boehner.
"Some of those who were in the "no" camp expressed a willingness to work on getting to "yes" and to making this work", Ryan said.
To congressional conservatives, Republican leaders, African-American politicians, global allies or adversaries and the public, his word is transactional. As Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz noted: "We appear incapable of passing a bill that all the conference has run on for multiple election cycles". Moving on from repealing Obamacare would mean Republicans may have to admit defeat and face a sobering new reality, in which, they were not able to deliver on the policy goal that united them and catapulted them to victory in the House in 2010, the Senate in 2014 and the White House in 2016. She also asked her members for ideas to improve the Affordable Care Act.
Meadows said he's been talking since Friday to Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, and was hoping to talk later in the day with more moderate members. "So there has been a discussion and I believe there will be several more", he said.
Ryan promised he would lay out "the path forward on health care" at a retreat scheduled for the end of this week.