Can Republicans revive their effort to repeal Obamacare?

Last Friday, House Republicans couldn't muster the votes for their marquee legislation to repeal and replace the health care law and pulled it off the floor in an embarrassing setback for Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan. "Our Democratic friends ought to be pretty happy about that because we have the existing law in place and I think we're just gonna have to see how that works out".

During the interview, Poe said that while Democrats were in power, the Freedom Caucus was the "opposition caucus", but now that Republicans are in the majority, it "continues to be the opposition caucus against anything in the Republican Party".

Rod Blum, from the eastern Iowa 1st District, and David Young, from the central Iowa 3rd District, said they planned to vote against the proposal, placing them among the roughly two dozen House Republicans to make such a pledge.

"Irreconcilable fractures within the Republican party ultimately caused the demise of the AHCA, but that does not mean a much more stripped down version of ACA repeal couldn't move alongside tax reform", said a Height Securities note by analysts Andrew Parmentier and Stefanie Miller. "Every major piece of legislation needs adjustment; now is the time to fix and strengthen the Affordable Care Act, not repeal and replace it".

Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., a Freedom Caucus member, has filed a one-line piece of legislation to repeal Obamacare. And several congressmen said over the weekend that, look, we've gotten so used to voting no on everything and that being a successful strategy. "Not at this time", Spicer said.

His comments are similar in sentiment to a tweet Trump wrote Saturday predicting "Obamacare will explode".

"When we're in Florida, I will lay out the path forward on healthcare and all the rest of the agenda", Rep. Ryan said Monday, according to a recording obtained by the publication. Do/can the Democrats work with Trump (who belittled and blamed them) or let him twist in the political breeze that he created?

"I've reached out to five different Democrats already", Meadows said. In addition, although Ryan is fairly new to his current position, Trump could reasonably believe the Speaker's assessment of what his caucus would, with some arm-twisting, agree to. During a news conference, when Ryan was pressed on what happens to the federal health law, he said, "Obamacare is the law of the land". They'd be skeptical, and it'd be up to Trump to make the sale - something he didn't do the first go-round with health care.

"There is nothing that could have been added to the bill that the Freedom Caucus would ever vote Yes on".

Meadows, a fiscal conservative, also said his group could support a tax plan that is not revenue neutral.

The president is seeking support from moderate Democrats to accomplish other items on his legislative agenda now that Republican plans to overhaul Obamacare are on hold.

"We've never stopped working", Brady told Fox News's "Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo. They don't need another tax break - we could work with them", Sen.

  • Larry Hoffman