"Here we are and, shockingly, it's bipartisan", Trump joked during a White House reception for senators and their spouses on Tuesday evening, according to pool reports.
Some might say that the thought of Republicans deliberately sabotaging the health care coverage for millions of Americans is beyond the pale and is too ridiculous to consider as a conspiracy theory. Because everybody really wants the same thing: "We want greatness for this country that we love". "And that's such an easy one". The move came after a faction of conservative Republicans upended the president's healthcare plans last week, forcing aides to admit that he may struggle to unite his party around his legislative agenda.
"It certainly changes the calculus of the timing with the defeat of healthcare", says Shuster, the chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, in an interview in his Capitol Hill office Monday. These ultra-radicals believe health care is like any other product and the free market should be allowed to work its magic. "I don't know if we could pass a Mother's Day resolution right now". "Sorry that didn't work", McConnell added.
In the hours and days after President Donald Trump and Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., chose 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.
We will never have a flawless health care program, because no one agrees on what perfection looks like.
White House officials are signaling a renewed focus on job creation, taxes and the administration's push to win confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, a bright spot for the president. White House chief of staff Reince Priebus on Sunday said such a package could include middle-class tax cuts.
The passage of this healthcare bill was extremely significant to President Trump and Paul Ryan, because this was the first major challenge for the Republicans in the House, and it was an indication everyone was on the same page. And Democrats indicated they have no interest if his intent is still to dismantle "Obamacare". Not only is there little incentive for Democrats to work with Trump, there's considerable risk in their own party if they do so. But Tuesday morning, they exchanged pledges of unity in a closed-door meeting and emerged eager to continue their efforts on healthcare, although they provided no specific plans or timeline for how they would proceed.
"While we would welcome your honest interest in bipartisan work to improve quality, lower costs, and expand coverage, we are concerned by your recent statement indicating it would be a good thing to make the ACA 'explode, '" they write, adding, "Instead, we urge you to use your executive authority to support a stable, competitive insurance marketplace".
Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the House Republican whip aligned with conservatives in the conference, made the curious claim, "We are closer to repealing Obamacare than we ever have been before".
Those comments landed with a thud on the Senate side.
Following such an epic failure on a core issue of Trump's campaign, one would think Ryan and the President's response would be to work harder and try again. "This was the first attempt at health care by the Republican leadership, and it did not originate in the White House". As soon as the initial shock of Trump's surprise election victory was over, Schumer & Co. were looking for potential points of agreement with the president-elect, citing the potential for a bipartisan deal on infrastructure spending, which would represent no genuine effort to rebuild crumbling cities, schools, roads and utilities, but another tax handout to giant corporations and the wealthy.