Texan Ted Poe quits Freedom Caucus over health care bill
Mar 29 2017 by Joshua Bennett
The White House better prepare itself for a long search.
With a bill that counted Friday, they choked.
Republican congressional leaders say an overhaul of the nation's tax system is the next big item on their agenda - but lawmakers quickly concede that winning approval of anything that ambitious this year is going to be hard. "In fact, just before coming on the set he gave me a call". Whether he would work to fix Obama's law was a big question.
President Donald Trump responded to the failure by repeating his dire predictions for Obama's law.
"Conversations in the last 48 hours", Meadows added, "are really about how we come together in the Republican conference and try to get this over the finish line". "Do not worry!" the president tweeted. Trump said he'd walk away from the Obamacare repeal plan if it didn't pass and begin working on other legislative goals.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., sent a letter to House Democrats requesting input for legislation that aimed at "improving" the Affordable Care Act.
However, Trump, amid the realization that the GOP plan might fail, hinted last week in a closed-door Capitol Hill meeting that non-supporters could suffer a primary defeat next year and said to Meadows, "Oh Mark, I'm going to come after you".
Trump initially blamed Democrats for the defeat, suggesting he understood the Freedom Caucus' opposition.
First, I would like to congratulate those Republicans that voted their conscience, not their party - and I'm talking about those that voted for and those that voted against the bill. The closed-door meeting lasted almost two hours, causing Ryan to delay his news conference.
A vote on Trumpcare was originally slated for Thursday - theseventh anniversary of the day Obamacare was signed into law - but House leaders pushed the date back when Trump failed to broker a deal with anti-Trumpcare conservative lawmakers.
He could bring all the parties together and work out a bipartisan compromise that no one will completely like but will save health care for millions of Americans.
Trump has also issued a series of promised executive orders. At big moments of political importance, Democrats win while Republicans fight. In a statement, he expressed only gloom about the effort's future.
But for all of the finger-pointing, the reality is that Obamacare - the law Republicans have been promising to repeal for years - remains intact even though Republicans control all of the levers of power in Washington.
Two chief House authors expressed no taste for diving back into the issue.
House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, toldFox News over the weekend that his committee would have a tax bill ready to go this spring.
After agreeing with the decision to suspend the vote, which allowed many Republicans to avoid taking an unpopular stance, Trump's first instinct was to blame House Democrats for opposing the plan.
But there was no easy path ahead.
He expressed optimism that the House of Representatives would act on health care legislation again before the 2018 midterm elections, though Trump has made it clear that he wants to move on for now.
On the economic side, it involves refashioning how providers, patients and federal programs should interact.
Meadows also vowed to work with Trump for "real tax reform".
Ryan said "it may take a little bit more time" for Republicans to go from being an opposition party to a governing party, "but we are certainly listening and we are going to get there".