Ryan reverses course, will continue Obamacare 'repeal and replace' effort

Ryan reverses course, will continue Obamacare 'repeal and replace' effort

Ryan reverses course, will continue Obamacare 'repeal and replace' effort

As Republicans continued to cast blame Monday for the spectacular collapse of health care legislation that deserved to die, President Donald Trump and congressional leaders from both political parties should listen to Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

"We are going to keep getting at this thing", Ryan said three days after intra-party opposition forced him to pull the American Health Care Act after it became clear it did not have enough Republican votes to pass.

What to think about the failure of the Republican-controlled U.S. House to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare"?

Meadows told reporters after the extended closed door meeting, "everybody wants to find a way to get this passed and we're going to work real hard to do that". He argued that the process leading up to the vote was unusual, because the Trump administration continued to add more components to their bill as late as Friday morning. At the same time, their requested changes alienated more moderate Republicans and rendered the bill unpassable.

"Democrats are smiling in D.C. that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club For Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & Ocare!"

Poe (R-Texas) said the group can't just be obstructionists. That the deal was so close suggests that House leaders could move quickly to bring the bill back to the floor with the inclusion of language that repeals more of Obamacare's insurance regulations, such as federal mandates to cover comprehensive health benefits; actuarial values denoting different tiers of coverage; and community rating requirements preventing insurers from charging lower premiums for younger, healthier consumers. On Saturday, Trump urged Americans in a tweet to watch Judge Jeanine Pirro's program on Fox News that night. However, Speaker Ryan persuaded Trump that his first order of business ought to be the repeal and replacement of Obamacare.

Still reeling from last week's House health care debacle, Republicans are pivoting to tax cuts and other issues but remain riven into factions and all over the map about how and when to return to their marquee pledge to eviscerate former President Barack Obama's 2010 overhaul. "He doesn't blame Paul Ryan", Priebus said. "It's time for Trump to stop acting like 'The Apprentice" and take charge like the boss he is", one wrote.

"I have resigned from the House Freedom Caucus".

Ryan should know by now that the Freedom Caucus (they were formerly called tea party supporters) is not going to go along with any moderation of their hard-line conservative-libertarian approaches. "Our Democratic friends ought to be pretty happy about that because we have the existing law in place and I think we're just gonna have to see how that works out". Centrist lawmakers from both parties should take Trump up on his offer and join bipartisan discussions on health care.

"I don't think we need to go home until we get a solution", he said of trying to reach an agreement. "The president and the team here have left everything on the field", Spicer said.

Thankfully for conservatives, Democrats have thus far shown no interest in working with Trump. And what would this say about the party in power? "He's not much of a lawmaker - after having served under four presidents, Ryan's portfolio of legislative successes is practically non-existent - and he's an even worse Speaker".

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