Affordable Care Act needs expansion, not repeal

House Republicans' optimism that they could find a GOP-based solution to health care is undercut by comments this week by the White House and Senate Republicans who say any future health care legislation will likely require Democratic support - a tacit acknowledgement that repealing Obamacare is off the table.

Americans who have benefited from the Affordable Care Act are feeling some relief at the failure of Republican efforts to repeal it, but they face new anxieties with President Donald Trump tweeting that "ObamaCare will explode".

After pulling the bill, Ryan told reporters "Obamacare is the law of the land" and stressed that Republicans would instead move on to other items on their agenda, like tax reform. It relied on tax credits to help consumers purchase insurance that for many people would be less generous than under Obama's statute.

But Weber said some of the friction eased by the end of the meeting, prompting House Speaker Paul Ryan to say that more give and take might have been useful in the healthcare effort.

Trump aides said the president could seek support from moderate Democrats on upcoming legislative battles ranging from the budget and tax cuts to health care, leaving open the possibility he could revisit health care legislation. He wrote that they snatched "defeat from the jaws of victory".

But Senate Republicans and the White House are another story. Chuckling, he added: "It may take a little bit more time".

"I don't want that to happen", Ryan said in an interview with CBS News' Norah O'Donnell that will air Thursday morning.

"His campaign promise was great health care for everyone, for all Americans at great prices", said Raymond Brown, 64, a Republican and retired truck driver from Rio Grande, New Jersey.

Senate Minority Leader, Charles Schumer (D-NY) speaks to the media after attending the Senate DemocratÕs weekly policy luncheon on Capitol Hill on March 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. Fixing health care was never going to be a one-off. But then Trump fought for a bill that would have done just what he said he wouldn't by throwing 24 million Americans off health insurance.

Strong majorities backed two Obama requirements the GOP would have left in place: Insurers couldn't deny policies to sick people and must cover children up to age 26 under their parents' plans.

"To my knowledge, in our committee's entire history, no single individual has ever been targeted in such a manner", said Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, chairman of the committee.

"You can have your principles and then when it comes to voting, you have to compromise to get something passed", Poe said of the caucus, which has roughly three dozen members.

Spicer said Wednesday that "we're in the beginning phases" of discussing both taxes and another Trump proposal to boost USA spending on infrastructure by as much as $1 trillion.

Brady wants his panel to produce a bill overhauling much of the nation's tax code this spring. But Republicans must overcome internal differences on that issue too, including whether to impose taxes on imports to encourage manufacturers to produce products domestically and whether the measure should drive up deficits.

Leaders tentatively plan to produce a bipartisan measure providing more than $1 trillion to fund the government through September 30.

Republicans did mostly back the Republican bill's blocking of federal payments to Planned Parenthood.

  • Larry Hoffman