Speaker Ryan Spurns Health Care Talks With Democrats

"You all know that he does that in various forms, including Twitter", Ryan said.

Ryan told "CBS This Morning" that it was a coincidence that Trump sent a tweet encouraging his followers to watch Jeanine Pirro's show on Saturday, which she opened by slamming the Speaker.

The Tennessee Republican released a statement last Friday, after House Republicans pulled their American Health Care Act legislation because of lack of votes within their own party, vowing to do whatever was necessary - including working with Democrats. "I can give you a one word answer: 'no.' I can give you a two word answer: 'hell no, '" the former secretary of labor under Obama said during an interview with the Washington Post.

Ryan's comments are not simply a departure from standard bipartisan bromides.

This would really be a continuation of Republican healthcare policy. "If they will take repeal off the table, Democrats will slide the chairs up to the table".

"I'm not going to commit to when and what the vote is going to look like, because it's my job to make sure that House Republicans can coalesce and come together and draw a consensus", Ryan told reporters at his weekly news conference.

Trump, on the other hand, seems open to looking across the aisle.

On Tuesday, Trump told senators attending a White House reception that he expected lawmakers to reach a deal "very quickly" on health care, but he did not offer specifics. The Trump administration also has floated the idea of working with Democrats on an infrastructure bill. "I want a patient-centered system", Ryan added.

Trump said after the failure of the Republican plan last week that Democrats, none of whom supported the bill, would be willing to negotiate new health care legislation because Obamacare is destined to "explode".

"As President, you have a responsibility to protect and sustain the marketplaces and the coverage they provide to so many Americans", Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer wrote.

  • Zachary Reyes