House Republicans Renew Plans to Repeal Obamacare After Failed First Attempt

Carla Harmon
April 1, 2017

House Republicans' optimism that they could find a GOP-based solution to health care is undercut by comments this week by the White House and Senate Republicans who say any future health care legislation will likely require Democratic support - a tacit acknowledgement that repealing Obamacare is off the table.

After U.S. President Donald Trump's health care reform bill didn't see the light of day on Friday - despite months of his boasting about its superiority to Obamacare (a.k.a. the Affordable Care Act) - you would think this would be the flawless opportunity for Democrats to celebrate.

"Democrats are smiling in DC that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club For Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & Ocare", he posted, reminding Rightwingers that they had torpedoed a bill that would have ended federal funding for a group that performs abortions.

Stephanopoulos pushed back, referring to a tweet Sunday morning from President Donald Trump that appeared to blame the Freedom Caucus for the Republican bill's failure.

"It's more or less a warning shot that we are willing to talk to anyone, we always have been", he said.

Monday night, Trump said on Twitter about the healthcare loss: 'The Republican House Freedom Caucus was able to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

While I have wanted to provide President Trump and the Republican Congress the benefit of the doubt, I recall Mr. Trump famously promised a health plan that would provide more coverage at lower cost than Obamacare.

"We are going to work together and listen together until we get this right".

"I think we're closer today to repealing Obamacare than we've ever been before, and surely even closer than we were Friday", he said.

On Sunday, Trump aides made clear that the president could seek support from moderate Democrats on upcoming legislative battles ranging from the budget and tax cuts to health care, leaving open the possibility he could revisit health care legislation.

Several Republican senators are seeking an unlikely compromise with Democrats following the demise of the House GOP plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.

While it was rumored in January that Republicans would disregard their anti-deficit rhetoric in order to pass massive tax cuts, that issue temporarily receded into the background while President Donald Trump and Congress attempted to pass an Obamacare repeal.

He had spent the week trying to win over 30 or so hardline members of the Freedom Caucus who believed the American Health Care Act did not go far enough in undoing key features of Obamacare.

She led her show by calling for House speaker Paul Ryan to resign, blaming him for defeat of the bill in the Republican-controlled chamber. "We are going to move on with rest of our agenda, keep that on track, while we work the health care problem", he said.

Poe said on CNN's "New Day" that the conservative caucus "continues to be the opposition caucus against anything in the Republican Party".

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.

"Yes this does make tax reform more hard", said Ryan.

Schumer, a New York Democrat, suggested that "if he changes, he could have a different presidency".

"I respect [Meadows] for staying true to his principles", said one of Meadows' constituents, Jerry Moore of Highlands, North Carolina. Al Franken - both Democrats - said they agreed with Graham.

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