Spicer: Trump Has 'Met With Individuals' About Health Care Bill Strategy

As House Republicans try to patch up their differences on health care, they and their Senate colleagues are moving on to tax reform - another big item that they hope to accomplish on their own, through the same go-it-alone special procedure that they used for their stalled repeal-and-replace effort.

Insurers have about six weeks to finalize their plans and rates or to decide to leave the marketplace altogether as they await word from Trump and Congress about the future of insurer payments created under the Affordable Care Act. It left numerous law's most damaging regulations in place. "What gets you to 'yes" from a more moderate side of our spectrum?

His comments are similar in sentiment to a tweet Trump wrote Saturday predicting "Obamacare will explode". What can American consumers expect going forward? One option would be to try to force Republicans to help make Obamacare work, rather than to intentionally sabotage it.

Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the top House Republican vote-counter, sounded more optimistic. "Which it did not", he adds.

"I have some very special friends in the room", Mr. Trump said to applause.

He also references the grassroots anti-repeal campaign and "a tremendous amount of pushback" from citizens at town hall meetings.

"I think we have plenty of time".

Repealing the legislation isn't the only way to get rid of it, says Field. There are many administrative and budgetary resources at the Trump administration's disposal should they be determined to run Obamacare into the ground.

Yes, in places - mostly rural areas - there are problems with insurance companies dropping out of the private exchanges.

Behind these unimaginably vast numbers are real people with real conditions that threaten their lives and livelihoods. The GOP loss was also confirmation that dysfunctional patterns of Republican Congresses past have been grandfathered into the present era of unified Republican governance.

It is not clear what political dynamics might have changed since Friday, when a coalition of hard-line conservatives and more moderate Republicans torpedoed legislation to repeal President Barack Obama's signature domestic achievement. "So we're going to figure out how we get this done". Was this not the precise opportunity to "get it right" that was promised to them for years when it came to replacing ObamaCare with the conservative, free market reforms Republicans have claimed for decades are the key to fixing healthcare in America?

And even Ryan, who said Friday some Republicans in the House couldn't get to "yes" on the bill, told reporters Tuesday that Republicans would "sit down and talk things out" until they compromise. As health secretary, Price is charged with helping these states should they choose to go forward with expanding Medicaid. Field explains, "If your risk profile as an insurance company is better than a certain level, you pay into a fund, and if your experience is worse than a certain level, you get to draw money out of that fund". House Republicans, who filed the lawsuit, argue Congress never appropriated money for that objective. Here, too, legal action resulted. "And that power is now in the hands of [Secretary] Tom Price".

Pauly notes, "An terrible lot can be done administratively, particularly on Medicaid, to very much transform the Medicaid expansion into something more to Republicans' liking".

Top Democrats on Capitol Hill have expressed other demands as well, including opposition to including funding to help pay for President Donald Trump's border wall along the USA border with Mexico.

This has always been one of the great ironies of the GOP's assault on the 2010 health care law, which has brought the number of Americans without insurance to a historic low but raised premiums for many who had coverage previously.

On the other hand, they might blame Trump because he's the one in charge now.

  • Larry Hoffman