Berkeley community reacts to tabling of Obamacare repeal bill

Carla Harmon
March 30, 2017

Despite the latest display of political will to repeal Obamacare among House Republicans, it's not clear if GOP moderates and hard-liners can agree on how to go about replacing former President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

She led her show by calling for House Speaker Paul Ryan to resign, blaming him for the defeat of the bill in the Republican-controlled chamber. Despite efforts by Trump to bring along House Freedom Caucus members, many of them said they would vote against the American Health Care Act. On Saturday, Trump urged Americans in a tweet to watch Judge Jeanine Pirro's program on Fox News that night.

On Tuesday, the House GOP conference met for the first time since their healthcare debacle exploded on Thursday and Friday.

Freedom Caucus chairman Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., said he wanted lawmakers to delay a planned upcoming two-week April recess to work on the bill. The group counted 36 members in 2015, according to Pew Research Center.

"We'll find out who is truly for repeal of Obamacare and who is not", Brooks said.

"We promised that we would repeal and replace Obamacare, and that's exactly what we're going to do", House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., told reporters after the meeting.

Conservative members believed the legislation didn't go far enough to repeal the Affordable Care Act, while more moderate members were anxious about estimates that more than 24 million Americans could lose coverage under the bill.

Poe said there are members of the Freedom Caucus who would "vote no against the Ten Commandments if it came up for a vote". If Trump really wants to be a dealmaker and fulfill his campaign promises, he should call reasonable Republicans and Democrats together and create a bipartisan plan for making health care more accessible and affordable. "We just didn't quite get consensus today". "Things were added to the bill based on the input of the Freedom Caucus, but then at the end of the day, "no, ' it was easier to vote 'no, ' and so I'm angry about that".

Some opponents feared the measure would force too many people to lose health coverage, while others said it did not go far enough in reforming Obama's Affordable Care Act. "We need to be on a team and get a good product". 15 months ago we passed a clean repeal, everyone voted for it and we told the American people that's what we were for and now, suddenly when it counts we have to move the goal post and start with some completely different legislation that was hidden away and rolled out three and a half weeks ago, that's how it's supposed to work? He said he's encouraging the Senate to produce its own health care package, and he and others suggested that lawmakers may produce several smaller bills addressing pieces of the issue. That could prove hard, with conservatives possibly insisting on more money to build Trump's border wall or to halt federal payments to Planned Parenthood, and Democrats abandoning the effort if it tilts against their liking.

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