Blaming conservatives, Trump signals new openness to Democrats

On March 24, 2017, House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled back the American Health Care Act, also known as "Trumpcare", before votes were cast.

"And no matter what, at the end of the day, "no" was the answer".

"We Democrats, provided our Republican colleagues drop replace, are willing to work with our Republican friends", said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Vice President Pence on Saturday reaffirmed the Trump administration's commitment to repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, saying President Trump "won't rest" until the law is dismantled.

"It's time for both parties to come together and get to real reforms in this country", said Reince Priebus, White House chief of staff.

"To my Democrat colleagues who were celebrating Friday's action, I think their celebration is premature because I think we're closer today to repealing Obamacare than we've ever been before, and surely even closer than we were Friday", he said.

Ted Poe says in a statement Sunday that "saying "no" is easy, leading is hard but that is what we were elected to do".

Poe said Sunday his decision to leave the Freedom Caucus will help him to better serve his constituents.

"Obviously we're going to have to do something because our health care system is like Thelma and Louise", says Sen.

Trump has already signed an executive order to weaken the ACA, and could further dismantle Obama's signature health care legislation by attacking specific parts of it, such as Medicaid and requirements for what health insurance companies must cover. President Trump said on Friday that he now plans to turn his attention to tax reform.

Poe said he doesn't think there was anything that could have been added to the bill that would have resulted in the Freedom Caucus supporting it.

Payne also argued that if House Republicans can unite and pass important bills in the coming weeks, the health care bill failure will quickly fade from memory. With no Democrats pledged to vote for the Republican replacement, leadership had to seek consensus among its members.

GOP divisions sunk leaders' Obamacare repeal plan, and Republicans are just as split on how to proceed after failing to fulfill their long-time campaign promise.

"But the president wants to get the Democrats onboard, and if we get another bill, which I don't think we're going to do, it's going to be much more accommodating to the Democrats, and that's a mistake". On Saturday, Trump urged Americans in a tweet to watch Judge Jeanine Pirro's program on Fox News that night.

In September 2015, Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., became the first to step away from the group as it threatened to shut down the government over federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

The Freedom Caucus didn't immediately return a request for comment Sunday.

Ryan proclaimed: "We are going to work together and listen together until we get this right".

  • Larry Hoffman