GOP Voters Blame Bad Bill - Not Trump - for Healthcare Defeat

But as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi suggested at a Capitol roundtable for reporters and columnists on Tuesday, there are lines Democrats won't cross. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., left, and Sen.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republicans and White House officials sounded ready to abandon efforts to repeal and replace the nation's health care law, at least for now, even as House Republicans - and the president himself - insisted Tuesday they were not ready to give up.

Following President Trump's inability to reach a deal with his fellow republicans to repeal and replace Obamacare, Wall Street moved into risk-off mode, and encountered its longest streak of down days since 2011. "Frankly, you're much more likely to die in a pandemic than you are in a terrorist attack", said Cole, adding: "I'd rather fight Ebola (the deadly virus) in West Africa than in West Dallas".

The Trump presidency, of course, has caused despair among Democrats and many don't see the need or wisdom to work with him. For presidents, "if you can keep the economy going well and having people feel good about (it), good about their lives and therefore good about the country, that can cover a multitude of sins".

'Because we've all been promising - Democrat, Republican, we've all been promising that to the American people, ' he continued, turning to the serious issue of campaign pledges. "At some point in time, we have to get back to governing responsibly - both parties".

As for what's next, Short said the administration is looking to the judicial branch, including pushing for the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.

Trump would should know that "the worst thing you can possibly do in a deal is seem desperate to make it". "We've got the health care bill and all the troubles it has engendered", said former Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers, R-Ky. And that's such an easy one, ' the president claimed. I think it will happen, ' he said.

In the aftermath, Republican leaders appeared more interested in bridging the divide in their party instead of working with Democrats on health care legislation. The fact that Ryan's party can't get its act together is the Republicans' own fault, not the Democrats'.

In the districts of the bill's foes, Republican voters and activists faulted Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

Following their meeting, some Republicans were still resentful of factions in their party that prevented approval of the GOP health care plan. They are under great pressure from their liberal base to oppose virtually everything that Trump and Republicans do - especially, in the case of the budget, funding for a border wall. "It is just too important".

"I guess I'm just not sure what the expectation was", said Katrina Pierson, spokeswoman for America First Policies.

"Obviously, we don't want the government to shut down", Press Secretary Sean Spicer said.

Those comments landed with a thud on the Senate side.

But, as the health care failure showed, legislating is a lot harder than talking. The president attacked the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus on Twitter again on Thursday morning. Republicans reprised the same mistake Democrats made with ObamaCare, namely trying to fix the problems of health care insurers, rather than addressing the broken relationship between health care providers and health care consumers - one completely distorted by those same insurance companies.

The panoply of outside groups competing for primacy is reminiscent of the sometimes problematic internal factions at the White House itself, though the groups' leaders say there's plenty of room for everyone.

Almost 6 in 10 Americans disapprove of Trump's overall performance, and about the same percentage say the country is headed in the wrong direction, according to a new poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

  • Larry Hoffman