GOP divided over new course after House health care debacle

"I'm continuing to work with Republicans to see if we can come to some agreement", said Sen.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said, "We promised that we would repeal and replace Obamacare, and that's exactly what we're going to do". Many members were nervous about the Congressional Budget Officeshowing that the bill would lead eventually to 24 million people losing insurance, while some moderate Republicans anxious that ending the ACA's Medicaid expansion would hurt low-income Americans. As Republicans talked about a GOP bill, just last night their leader in the White House was tweeting about eventually working with Democrats.

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.

White House legislative affairs director Marc Short also emerged from the Senate GOP lunch indicating the administration was moving on despite President Donald Trump's promises as a candidate to immediately get rid of Obama's law.

It's their first gathering since House Speaker Paul Ryan suddenly abandoned plans last Friday for a vote on the GOP legislation.

Conservative members believed the legislation didn't go far enough to repeal the Affordable Care Act, while more moderate members were anxious about estimates that more than 24 million Americans could lose coverage under the bill. "It's not going to make it easy for them to work with him". "I do think it was important again to point out that the vast majority of our conference was already there in support of the bill that we want to put on President Trump's desk".

Julius Hobson, a healthcare lobbyist and attorney with the law firm Polsinelli, said a "full blown push at the repeal and replace is going to be extremely hard to pull off".

Thanks to strong grass-roots activism, the seven-year effort by congressional Republicans to dismantle the Affordable Care Act is over (for now).

Trump took on the caucus late Monday on Twitter, writing: "The Republican House Freedom Caucus was able to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory". Orrin Hatch (R-UT) said when asked about the next steps on health care.

Of course, there's no guarantee a tax bill would pass either. Our Democratic friends ought to be pretty happy about that because we have the existing law in place.

Republican legislators seem to agree on two things right now: They don't like Obamacare and they would like to replace it.

But repeal lite could-although it's unlikely-target the ACA's subsidies, which make exchange plans affordable to middle and low-income individuals, said Spencer Perlman, director of health-care research at Veda Partners. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

Trump, Ryan and other GOP lawmakers tweaked their initial package in a variety of ways to win over both conservatives and moderates.

But Weber, who said he helped lead a standing ovation for Ryan, said the meeting helped members clear the air.

While many moderate Republicans are now eyeing opportunities to cooperate with Democrats on health care, still others are doubling-down on their repeal message. And if there's any kind of disconnect, I think it really is focused on the fact that the Trump agenda is one that is not as similar to the agenda that the party's been about in the last eight years.

  • Salvatore Jensen