Trump tells lawmakers he expects a deal 'very quickly' on healthcare
- Author: Joanne Flowers Mar 30, 2017,
Mar 30, 2017, 8:45
While Democrats are dancing in the streets over the Republicans' colossal failure to deliver on one of their most adamant campaign promises - the repeal and replacement of Obamacare - let's not lose sight of the fact that Democrats had virtually nothing to do with it.
"We did not have the vote", he said.
Spicer said working with Democrats to create a health care bill would be "a balancing act" to obtain even "a handful or so, or maybe more" of votes across the aisle. We're going to have a test in the short term very soon to see which way they're leaning. And with us to talk about where they go from here is NPR congressional correspondent Susan Davis.
The new bill was proposed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare".
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.
House Republicans emerged from a members-only meeting Tuesday morning to bullishly declare the health care legislative battle is not over. "Some of those who were in the no camp expressed a willingness to work on getting to yes and to making this work".
Ryan refused to commit to a timeline for action "because we want to get it right". That bill faced certain defeat due to Republican opponents, including the conservative House Freedom Caucus.
"That's not what we said we would do", he added.
McConnell indicated there are no plans in the Senate take up the issue. "But at this time, at this time today, there are other things that we have on our priority list that we're moving on to".
"We just had a very, very good meeting with our members-as I said on Friday, we all have to reflect on what we could have done better-and this discussion was an honest and very constructive step forward", said the Speaker. "We believe it will not work out". "He enjoys his relationship with Paul Ryan, thinks that Paul Ryan is a great speaker of the House".
What should be the future of USA health-care policy?
Now that the White House has changed hands, House GOP lawmakers are in the uncomfortable situation of suing Health Secretary Tom Price. Move the bill back toward the center and the Freedom Caucus will buck the effort as a bloc. The latest poll shows exactly half of voters strongly or somewhat approve of the law, up from 46 percent a week ago and 41 percent at the beginning of the year. We're going get to yes.
These moves follow solid jumps from the same names as the legislation looked less and less likely to pass on Thursday and Friday.
"I applaud House conservatives for keeping their word to the American people and standing up against Obamacare Lite, "Paul said in a statement after the vote".
After the GOP spent seven years railing against the Affordable Care Act but failed to pass an overhaul to the law last week, most voters want them to stop trying - except the party base.
Already, Humana has said it is pulling out, and several others are on the fence, waiting to see what the Trump administration and Congress will do. Randy Weber, R-Texas.