Trump Pushing Forward On Tax Reform After Healthcare Defeat
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 31, 2017,
Mar 31, 2017, 18:30
President Donald Trump pulled the plug on a planned vote Friday after conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus and moderate Republicans still couldn't support the final bill.
Poe (R-Texas) said the group can't just be obstructionists.
"Saying "no" is easy, leading is hard but that is what we were elected to do".
House Republicans are still stinging from the embarrassing debacle of an attempt to pass the American Health Care Act last Friday, which would have cut the deficit and drastically increased the number of uninsured people in the United States, according to the Congressional Budget Office. "So once a few subgroups come together with a potential yes, boy, I think everyone is going to be happy".
As he ponders his next steps, Trump faces decisions on whether to back administrative changes to fix Obamacare or undermine it as prices for insurance plans rise in many markets.
"We're not going to just all of a sudden abandon health care and move on to the rest".
A moderate Republican lawmaker at the center of last week's negotiations on health care, Rep. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania, said Monday that Mr. Trump would be well served by shifting his attention to passing an infrastructure bill as he looks to recover from the GOP's failure to deliver on its promise to repeal and replace Obamacare.
Mary Vavrik, a 57-year-old freelance deposition court reporter from Anchorage, Alaska said she was relieved that the current health law will remain because she's happy with the coverage she gets through her exchange - even as she acknowledged that reforms are needed.
Turner replied, "When you get a group together that says, 'We're going to pledge voting together, ' I think it certainly is a group that has characteristics that the speaker needs to be very concerned about". On Saturday, Trump urged Americans in a tweet to watch Judge Jeanine Pirro's program on Fox News that night.
Priebus described the two events as "coincidental", insisting that Trump was helping out a friend by plugging her show and no "preplanning" occurred.
"He doesn't blame Paul Ryan", Mr Priebus said. "I don't think it will work out all that well". It's their first gathering since House Speaker Paul Ryan suddenly abandoned plans last Friday for a vote on the GOP legislation. He also warned that Republicans will "lose again" on tax reform if they continue to cater to what he characterized as "hard-right wealthy special interests". In a comment that channels what Mr. Trump said Sunday, Mr. McClintock protested the group's tactics as playing right into the hands of the Democrats. A critical mass of Republicans expressed concerns about the measure and resisted White House efforts to earn their support.
And if they need Democrats to pass that, they're not going to get what they want in that bill. But he and others might have missed their opportunity, considering Trump and Ryan now appear eager to move to tax reform and other big policy issues. "Leaving this caucus will allow me to be a more effective member of Congress".
That bill faced certain defeat due to Republican opponents, including the conservative Freedom Caucus.
Mark Meadows, the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus. At the same time, their requested changes alienated more moderate Republicans and rendedered the bill unpassable.
They're hoping to make up that trillion with a border tax on imports.
Priebus also shot down reports that Trump blames him.