Trump Slowly Wades Back Into Choppy Health Care Waters

In the hours and days after President Donald Trump and Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., made a decision to pull a GOP-crafted measure aimed at repealing and replacing the Obama administration's 2010 health law, the chief executive and his top aides signaled the effort was dead.

In the wake of last week's failed GOP effort to kill the Affordable Care Act, the Trump administration has indicated it could likely get a revised bill passed on a second try with support from just a few Democrats who are concerned with the present law.

Trump said on Tuesday he still thinks healthcare reform can happen "very quickly" in Washington, but he did not offer any specifics on how it could get done, or what would be changed from the previous bill.

Multiple House Republicans said they've heard from constituents who want to still repeal the Affordable Care Act and hope the issue isn't dead.

So hard that in his late February news conference, Trump was moved to say: "I have to tell you, it's an unbelievably complex subject".

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. "But I think the idea that the president has put out there is that if people want to float ideas and suggestions on how we can grow this vote and get to a majority, he'll entertain them". The bill, which died last week before coming to a vote, was caught between two factions of the Republican Party - the conservatives in the Freedom Caucus and the Republican Study Committee, who found it to be too close to Obamacare, and the party moderates concerned with loss of coverage. Keeping Planned Parenthood and the border wall out of the spending bill would greatly improve its chances to get necessary Democratic votes in the Senate, although conservatives in both chambers might object.

Ryan is siding with conservatives - and the GOP-unification case - by arguing the party's differences are more about politics than policy. And House Speaker Paul Ryan - despite saying Friday that "Obamacare is the law of the land" - appears ready to keep going as well.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Monday the president and his aides have received calls from unnamed Democrats offering to work with the administration. "Obviously we do, but we're not going to discuss those (publicly)", Meadows said.

"To actually just talk one-on-one with no leadership, no anybody, other than just members in the room and say "OK what are your objections?"

"We are going to be doing a great job", Trump added in his remarks to senators Tuesday night. Fifty-seven percent said Obamacare should be completely repealed, but that's an 11-point drop since the February McClatchy-Marist poll.

To accomplish that, Republicans need at least eight Democrats on their side to get new legislation to Trump's desk. "We can then discuss these suggestions in our caucus and be prepared at the earliest possible time to go forward", she wrote.

  • Leroy Wright