Published: Wed, March 29, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Republican Health Care Fiasco, Part II


But speaking on "Fox News Sunday", White House chief of staff Reince Priebus made clear that Trump would be seeking support from moderate Democrats for upcoming legislative battles, leaving open the possibility that the president could still revisit health care legislation.

Despite reports of backbiting from administration officials toward Ryan, Trump said: "I like Speaker Ryan".

Poe (R-Texas) said the group can't just be obstructionists.

Now we have the Democrats gloating over the failure of the Republican plan and the Republicans, or at least President Trump, saying he will wait for "Obamacare" to fail. At the same time, their requested changes alienated more moderate Republicans and rendedered the bill unpassable.

Trump told lawmakers at the reception that he would be talking about infrastructure and investing in the military, without offering a time frame or details.

"Hopefully, it will start being bipartisan, because everybody really wants the same thing".

The president simply wants the health care system to fail. Ryan pulled his bill to do so even after Trump called for a vote because he was short the votes needed to pass it.

"We Democrats, provided our Republican colleagues drop replace and stop undermining the ACA, are willing to work with our Republican friends", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Sunday on ABC's "This Week".

That bill faced certain defeat due to Republican opponents, including the conservative Freedom Caucus.

This represents a shift since Friday, when Trump blamed Democrats for the bill's failure, and expressed magnanimity toward Republicans, who control the House and the Senate.

"We will end the Obamacare nightmare and give the American people the world class healthcare they deserve", Pence said. On Tuesday, House Republicans came out of a conference meeting optimistic that they would be able to go back to negotiating on the legislation while tackling other aspects of the GOP agenda.

Additionally, Bloomberg reported that Rep. Mo Brooks, a member of the hardline House Freedom Caucus and opponent of the AHCA, said that he believes Ryan's healthcare plan is "fairly immediate".

The 30 to 40 Republican members of the Freedom Caucus wanted a complete repeal of Obamacare and therefore many of them refused to vote for Ryan's plan.

The specter of another government shutdown is emerging on Capitol Hill, amid concerns that Republican leaders who failed to unite the party last week on an ObamaCare overhaul will likewise struggle to finalize a spending package before the April 28 deadline.

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