House GOP Clings to Obamacare Repeal Dream Despite Bill Collapse
Mar 29 2017 by Maggie Morrison
GOP divisions sunk leaders' Obamacare repeal plan, and Republicans are just as split on how to proceed after failing to fulfill their long-time campaign promise. He said he didn't expect that to happen until "our Democratic friends have to start answering to the people who are being hurt by the failures of Obamacare".
The proposed Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act - which the GOP has bitterly opposed since former President Barack Obama signed it into law in 2010 - was killed on Friday after President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan failed to drum up enough party support for the bill.
But the big question is still the same as before the American Health Care Act: What plan would Republicans stand up in Obamacare's place?
"We must come together to find solutions to move this country forward", Poe said Sunday in a written statement. This dynamic, for all intents and purposes, remains unchanged, suggesting that the G.O.P.'s newfound optimism might be nothing more than a face-saving maneuver.
Members of the House Freedom Caucus, which Trump has blamed for the loss, said they would be open to finding a fix. Move the bill back toward the center and the Freedom Caucus will buck the effort as a bloc.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said on Tuesday that Republicans promised to repeal and replace the law. "I won't tell you the timeline because we want to get it right", he said.
Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the top House Republican vote-counter, sounded more optimistic. "Obviously we do, but we're not going to discuss those (publicly)", Meadows said.
I would take Rand Paul's idea that I heard last night: Come to the Senate floor next week, and pass a bill that allows people with pre-existing conditions to join pools, associations, co-ops, to buy insurance, and show that you're going to remove the government and the regulatory structure away from it, so that the insurance companies can sell to people the kinds of policies they want.
"The Republican health care reform is perceived to be bad for hospitals".
Ryan spoke Tuesday after House Republicans met for the first time since he sidetracked his party's health care legislation just before a scheduled House vote. We want to get the deficit under control. "Reconciliation is the way to go".
Moderate Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger of IL said Monday on CNN that Freedom Caucus members needed to learn that "governing is far different than being in opposition" and said he'd "gladly work across the aisle".
Freshman Rep. Brian Mast (R-Fla.) said he told the conference that he wanted to give a "boot in the backside" to the challenges that Republicans face in repealing Obamacare (though he may have used more colorful language when speaking to members behind closed doors). So, I think there are several options. He added, "the minds that have been in the starkest disagreement are now going to put their heads together".
Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., chairman of the Freedom Caucus, acknowledged he was doing a lot of "self-critiquing" after the health care defeat.
"We were very close, and it was a very, very tight margin. We're going to keep talking to each other until we get it right". It will be a better bill. I said, look, eventually it's not sustainable.