GOP to Pay Steep Price if Fail to Deliver on Health Care

Instead of paying for my health insurance, maybe my company would look at raises.

"It's not cheap, it's not what it's cracked up to be", Russell, a Republican, said of Obama's statute.

"We misjudged the hostility inside the caucus" a senior White House official told CNN adding that they assumed the Freedom Caucus would act differently given Trump's popularity in members' districts than it had in the past. Answer: they were surrendering then and they're surrendering now. Waiting too long, if Republicans are right about the state of Obamacare, would be disastrous for the very people the Democrats say they are trying to protect. That's nice, considering they didn't do it when it really counted.

Trump predicted Monday that Democrats will ultimately collaborate with Republicans on healthcare once ObamaCare starts failing.

Now, with a Republican president to go with a Republican Congress, it was the Democrats' opportunity to unite in opposition without needing to agree on an alternative. It's the same reason anyone surrenders: fear. We certainly know that some regulations would go away, we know that some people's access to purchasing health insurance would go away. "We promised we will repeal and replace Obamacare, and that's exactly what we will do", he said.

Besides Trump, who backed the bill, and House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, who was expected to shepherd it through Congress, the poll asked if people blamed House Republicans, House Democrats or the media.

The president has responded in public with belligerent tweets often blaming the media, Democrats, conservative Republicans and others. Some of those measures may be along the lines of freeing smaller businesses from employee health coverage minimums or boosting the tax-free limits of health savings accounts. "You know why? I want a patient-centered system, I don't want government running health care", the Wisconsin Republican said in an interview with "CBS This Morning" co-host Norah O'Donnell. "It is not the role of ad-hoc members to get together and suggest at all that we represent 237 members of the conference or the committees of jurisdiction". But they are relatively evenly divided on whether it's the federal government's responsibility to make sure all Americans have insurance. Still, they'll be a lot easier to push through than convincing a now perpetually gun shy Republican Congressional leadership to make more significant reforms. "President, please, we can't take it anymore, we can't win anymore like this, Mr. President, you're driving us insane, you're winning too much, please Mr. President, not so much, and I'm going to say, I'm sorry, we're going to keep winning because we are going to make America great again". We saw that there were some important provisions of the ACA that were kept in the Ryan bill, and there were some that were removed.

The breakdown has raised the prospect of bipartisan work on health policy, heightening tensions among Republicans on Capitol Hill. Sen.

Commentary by Jake Novak, CNBC.com senior columnist.

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