Spicer On Trump's Demands For Health Care: 'He Wants A Good Deal'

But he said Congress needed to act because insurers were developing the premiums and benefit packages for health plans they would offer in 2018, with review by federal and state officials beginning soon.

Just last week, Ryan acknowledged that his decision to pull the legislation from the floor meant "Obamacare is now the law of the land".

Trump himself isn't giving up.

"Obamacare unfortunately will explode, it's going to have a very bad year", said Trump, who continued to say that when it does, the Democrats will have to face it, because they "own Obamacare".

The tentative game plan this time around to wrap up more than $1 trillion in unfinished spending bills is to draft a bipartisan omnibus measure that would fund the government through September 30. The math is the same.

The House Republican healthcare bill, which would have repealed almost $900 billion in Obamacare taxes over a decade, was pulled from consideration last Friday because Republicans lacked the votes to pass it.

So if I am a sitting Republican congressman, how do I vote on the new proposal to replace Obamacare?

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) at a media briefing after attending a closed House Republican conference on March 28 in Washington, D.C.

House GOP leaders expressed confidence Tuesday morning that the party would be able to repeal and replace Obamacare after a conference meeting with members - a total reversal just four days after pulling the plug on their first effort - while their Senate counterparts seemed eager to abandon the issue entirely. "Doesn't have a chance", former Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) said. "And it's going to take work from all elements of the Congress".

Congressional Republicans want to pivot to tax cuts and other issues following last week's House health care debacle. "At the same time, after last week, it's hard to see how the entire conference can find a unified position".

"Clearly moving forward, we're going to have to look at where a governing majority comes from".

Those divisions came out perhaps most dramatically when Trump got involved in the negotiations.

"All last week he was calling them". To them, it's irrelevant that the question is not who buys the latest flat-screen television and who doesn't, but who lives and who dies.

That includes an historic effort to overhaul the tax code, so work on health care will have to be done along a parallel track.

"Have we had some discussions and listened to ideas?" "People said the Freedom Caucus owes us an explanation". "Not at this time".

In the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was more frank that it was time to get to other issues.

Still, multiple lawmakers in the House GOP conference meeting on Tuesday called for keeping up efforts to repeal and replace ObamaCare. "That's going to require some answers from the Freedom Caucus", said GOP Rep. Ryan Costello of Pennsylvania. "We believe it will not work out well, but we'll see. They have an opportunity now to have the status quo, regretfully".

The recriminations extend far beyond the implosion of the GOP's Obamacare repeal on Friday.

"There's no agreement, but everyone in that room is dying to get to yes", said Representative Dave Brat of Virginia, a Freedom Caucus member who met with House moderates.

"I think it's going to happen because we've all been promising - Democrat, Republican - we've been promising that to the American people", he said.

"I think we have plenty of time. Today, we broke down many of those dividing lines within our conference", Mr. Ryan said after a closed-door meeting with GOP troops.

"We're going to get this right".

"And Speaker Ryan, you come in, with all your swagger and experience, and you sell him a bill of goods which ends up a complete and total failure".

The spot, first reported by Bloomberg News, notes job growth, the rollback of regulations, greenlighting of a pipeline and undoing of an worldwide trade deal before concluding, "And it's only just begun". "My prayers and my support are with you".

"The people who were "yes" on the health care bill were reminding Paul this is something we promised and we got to push in that direction", Womack said.

The House will continue to pursue health care reform but without "artificial timelines" according to Ryan.

"Can you add additional folks on without pushing additional folks off?" he said. A specific benefit nearly always counts for more with your average voter than a general goal like tax reform.

We're looking at all kinds of options to get to yes.

  • Salvatore Jensen