Trump says he expects a health care deal soon
- Author: Zachary Reyes Mar 29, 2017,
Mar 29, 2017, 16:17
President Donald Trump says he expects to make a deal on health care, even though his first attempt failed just a few days ago.
Trump, a Republican, did not mention that failure at the reception nor did he offer specifics on how he planned for lawmakers to reach a consensus on a healthcare bill that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, familiarly known as 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.
Following their meeting, some Republicans were still resentful of factions in their party that prevented approval of the GOP health care plan.
Priebus supporters say he has moved to tighten the reins in the West Wing in recent weeks, leading crisper discussions in his daily 8 a.m. staff meeting and taking a tougher line with those who veer from the day's plans.
"They've got their heroes, they've got their villains, it's never going to change", Bannon said of Breitbart.
Priebus inspires intense loyalty among those who worked with him at the RNC, several of whom followed him to the White House, including press secretary Sean Spicer. Chuck Shumer of NY and Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California - said they are willing to try to find common ground but only if the president stops trying to repeal the existing law, also known as Obamacare.
Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the House Republican whip aligned with conservatives in the conference, made the curious claim, "We are closer to repealing Obamacare than we ever have been before".
During the Republican primary, Priebus, 45, often remarked to colleagues that he spoke with Trump more than any of the other 17 GOP candidates. "We want to get it right. I want us to become a unified majority", Ryan told reporters.
'And that means we're going to sit down and talk things out until we get there.
Ryan proclaimed: "We are going to work together and listen together until we get this right". McConnell was getting ready to try to put the bill on the floor of the Senate immediately if it passed the House.
State insurance commissioner John Doak said in an interview he remains "cautiously optimistic" the insurer will continue providing insurance to about 140,000 individuals. She said they are waiting to see what Congress does with health care. But Democrats insist they stand open to bipartisan work to improve Obama's law.
Massie, a conservative who is not a member of the Freedom Caucus, tweeted last week he would vote "hell no" on the Republican bill because it didn't really repeal Obamacare, a condition for his support. Instead, Trump said he has turned operation of his business over to his sons, while still retaining his stake. It sounds like this "reboot" is mostly rhetorical: Having taken a beating over the weekend for quitting on health care so soon after Democrats spent many months on it in 2009-10, Republicans are now going to pretend that they're still working on it - intermittently, when they're not busy on stuff that Trump is actually interested in, like infrastructure and tax reform. We want greatness for this country that we love. If, against all odds, we really do get a better bill out of this effort, will everyone who blamed the Freedom Caucus for blocking a awful one credit them with having forced a big rethink?