Work together to make necessary changes to health care

Spicer's comments were a stunning contrast to Trump's attitude about the American Health Care Act, which he and House Speaker Paul Ryan withdrew last Friday before even putting it to a vote. Despite efforts by Trump to bring along House Freedom Caucus members, many of them said they would vote against the American Health Care Act. "We are going to keep getting at this thing", Ryan said....

Republican leaders had said Friday that they were moving on from health-care to other issues, particularly a tax overhaul, but the meeting suggests that some members are still trying to see if there is a way forward for delivering on one of their top campaign promises. Members of the Freedom Caucus felt the bill did not go far enough in its repeal of Obamacare, while moderates expressed concern about the large coverage losses forecast under the AHCA.

"We don't look to anybody in Washington to tell us how to vote for a congressman or not", said Fleming, whose congressman, Rep. Louie Gohmert, is a member of the Freedom Caucus who opposed the health care proposal.

Trump's "Art of the Deal" was revealed to be a house of cards.

Before they'd consider working with Trump he'd first have to rescind the executive action that he enacted on his first day in office that seeks to scale back the federal law that has provided health insurance to 20 million Americans, said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

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.

Numerous same people who supported President Trump in the 2016 presidential election stand to lose a lot in this fight.

But Spicer said Wednesday Trump is still ready for a repeal and will continue "to go down the path he's gone down".

Should Democrats have backed the new health-care plan? "So we're going to figure out how we get this done".

Obama repeatedly said in defending his program that if anyone, including Republicans, came up with a better plan, then he would support it.

"Repealing the Affordable Care Act would have cut government expenditures significantly", says Bruce McGovern, associate dean and an expert on tax law at South Texas College of Law Houston. Just 14 percent said the blame rested with Democrats.

Members of the House Freedom Caucus, which Trump has blamed for the loss, said they would be open to finding a fix.

Despite the humiliation the GOP experienced after their attempt to repeal Obamacare fell completely to pieces before our very eyes, the desire to yank President Obama's most significant political achievement is apparently too strong for many Republicans to ignore. But we have to realize that, yes, Mr. President, health care is a hard issue in this country, but that doesn't mean Americans deserve anything less than the best.

  • Larry Hoffman