Trump again blames House Freedom Caucus for failure of health care bill
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 30, 2017,
Mar 30, 2017, 8:16
The Republican health plan created to replace the Obama-era health law known as the Affordable Care Act would not have taken full effect for a few years anyway - and now it's dead. But House Speaker Paul Ryan would not provide a timetable for a bill, saying they wanted to "get this right". The Freedom Caucus, a group of influential conservative congressman played a pivotal role in defeating Trump's proposal.
Some of these voters may have tuned in to Fox News on Monday night to watch Bill O'Reilly outline how he thinks the bill's failure hurt the GOP and Trump.
The Trump administration doesn't appear keen on re-litigating its first major legislative failure, either, though White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon has reportedly been working to keep communication between conservatives and moderates open.
DAVIS: And there was a hope at the start of this Congress that those same hard line conservatives who had bucked leadership in the past would be team players now that they had a Republican the White House.
Ryan, who conceded on Friday that President Barack Obama's signature accomplishment would remain the "law of the land," spoke with Trump over the weekend and went to the White House on Monday.
But Senate Republicans have all but dropped health care from their agenda, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made clear today.
In other words, break your campaign promise, hand us victory and we'll work together. "Democrats, you have to get this fixed". "As soon as we figure it out and get the votes".
When exactly will the GOP sort this out, if they do?
In an interview on "CBS This Morning" Tuesday, Sen.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Tuesday that no concerted effort to pass a GOP healthcare bill is about to proceed. Randy Weber, a Freedom Caucus member, told reporters Tuesday afternoon. But he also said no vote is now scheduled.
House leaders walked out of the meeting with a spring in their step.
Congress choked. Obamacare lives.House Republicans are at an unfamiliar crossroads after their seven-year effort to repeal the law collapsed. "Some of those who were in the no camp expressed a willingness to work on getting to yes and to making this work". "So, we had a good meeting".
The Republicans believe that letting Obamacare fail will force Democrats to come to the table to negotiate changes to the law. But it does mean that numerous players in the health care bill saga are looking back at last week and wondering what could have been. We did not include the Democrats in negotiations on Obamacare.
MCEVERS: So when you talk to Republicans about what happened on Friday, how significant of a setback do they say this is?
"There is nothing that could have been added to the bill that the Freedom Caucus would ever vote Yes on". "That's not presidential", he said, "that's petulance".
"Democrats are smiling in D.C. that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club For Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & Ocare!" They went all out to try to pass a repeal and replacement. Trump followed on Twitter shortly after. As a result, President Trump and House Speaker Ryan had to delay the vote for the bill.