O'Reilly: If GOP Won't Unite, ObamaCare Stays As-Is
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 29, 2017,
Mar 29, 2017, 16:21
Of all the muscles in the human body, none are perhaps more toned and strengthened than those in the index finger of moderate Republicans in Congress; particularly following the defeat of their high profile, "too-important-too-fail" health care legislation.
U.S. hospital stocks dropped on Tuesday as Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives said they were considering a renewed push to repeal and replace Obamacare, after the effort failed last week. Members of the House Freedom Caucus, Cato Institute, Freedom Works, Club for Growth and others were asking nothing more than for the GOP to uphold its end of the bargain, and not squander the opportunity with another permanent "temporary fix". He argues that the Republican leadership made the bill "meaner" to placate conservatives, but it'll probably be readjusted and brought to a new vote.
Rep. Raúl R. Labrador of Idaho, also a Freedom Caucus member, said he hoped the discussions would yield a compromise after a divisive debate that revealed deep fissures within the party.
With 11 working days left before the April 28 deadline, House Appropriations Committee Chair Jennifer Hing reportedly said the committee would be putting forward a bill to raise the debt ceiling by April 24.
"It is pretty obvious we were not able in the House to pass a replacement", he told reporters. You know, but if they need Democrats, President Trump's going to have to settle for a lot less. "What gets us to yes from a more conservative side of the spectrum?"
"We'll find out who is truly for repeal of Obamacare and who is not", Brooks said.
That's what we thought we were going to do or at least something like that.
The White House recently requested, for example, reductions in funding for medical research, community development grants and infrastructure-funding for which Trump pledged $1 trillion on the campaign trail-the Associated Press reported Tuesday.
Lawmakers who attended the meeting of House Republicans on Tuesday said it was a lively exchange at which members of the Freedom Caucus were put on the defensive.
"Ninety percent of our conference was very, very upset with about 10 percent, and I didn't want things being done and said that people would regret", he said. For the time being, the GOP can continue to blame Democrats for the flaws of the status quo they created in 2009. "We are doing really well in Iraq", Mr. Trump said. The long awaited health care replacement bill Republicans have been spouting off about for almost seven years now is here.
House leaders walked out of the meeting with a spring in their step.
"After this morning, the resolve of our conference to repeal Obamacare and replace it has never been stronger", Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., told reporters Tuesday. Moderates say it takes coverage away from too many people. It relied on tax credits to help consumers purchase insurance that for many people would be less generous than under Obama's statute. They also were concerned about rolling back Medicaid, which expanded under Obamacare and provided insurance to millions of low-income constituents.
Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, announced Sunday he was done being a member of the group.
Pelosi said that if Republicans are going to need Democratic votes, they should recognize that now-not an hour before the government shuts down. If they can't get everything they want, they seem to have concluded, they'll take nothing.
Freedom Caucus members bridled at the criticism, insisting they had done Trump and fellow Republicans a favor by blocking a piece of legislation that polled poorly and embraced the basic structures of Obamacare without significantly reducing premiums.