Republicans can't even agree on whether to give up on health care
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 31, 2017,
Mar 31, 2017, 5:00
They're also moving on. "Our Democratic friends ought to be pretty happy about that because we have the existing law in place, and I think we're just going to have to see how that works out", McConnell said.
Poe is a Houston-area former judge who built much of his reputation on fighting for victims' rights, and he spent much of the past year battling cancer. Many members were nervous about the Congressional Budget Officeshowing that the bill would lead eventually to 24 million people losing insurance, while some moderate Republicans anxious that ending the ACA's Medicaid expansion would hurt low-income Americans.
"I don't want that to happen", Ryan said, referring to Trump's offer to work with Democrats.
U.S. Rep. Ted Poe, a Republican from Humble, announced Sunday afternoon he is resigning from the hardline Republican group that helped sink GOP attempts to repeal former President Obama's 2010 health care law. Outside conservative groups such as the Club for Growth and Heritage Action for America that are closely aligned with the Freedom Caucus had strongly opposed the Republican healthcare bill and urged lawmakers to vote against it.
Meanwhile it remains unclear whether the White House will try to combine an infrastructure package with the tax reform plan congressional Republicans are hoping to take up, Time says. But the caucus rejected the olive branch, arguing that it alone would not be enough to drive down premiums.
In one of the great political ironies of our time, the anti-establishment, Washington-outsider president, Donald Trump, got slapped down by the anti-establishment group that apparently is controlling the Republican party. EFE news quoted Trump as saying in a tweet.
On Sunday, Priebus did not answer directly regarding Trump's choice, saying that fixes to the health law will have to come legislatively and he wants to ensure "people don't get left behind".
Vice President Mike Pence, speaking at a rally in West Virginia Saturday said that "with 100 percent of House Democrats - every single one - and a handful of Republicans actually standing in the way of President Trump's plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, we're back to the drawing board", according to Yahoo News.
After the meeting, Speaker Paul Ryan echoed the assessments of his rank and file. Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer says if the White House is willing to do that, it may find a legislative partner.
Republicans are focused on trying to come together after a major setback last week to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act - and they aren't entirely ready to move on.
The Kentucky Republican told reporters Tuesday that "It's pretty obvious we were not able in the House to pass a replacement".
Alabama Republican Mo Brooks also said Speaker Paul Ryan indicated the House would revisit the issue and that it would be "fairly immediate". Otherwise, Trump will lose again.