Demise of Trump's Health Overhaul Opens Door for Democrats


Representative Raúl Labrador of Idaho, another Freedom Caucus member, hoped the discussions would yield a compromise that brings the party together after a divisive debate that revealed deep fissures.

"I think where we are on Obamacare, regretfully, at the moment is where the Democrats wanted us to be, which is with the status quo", he said.

Scalise, R-La., said, "The majority of our conference was already there" in supporting the bill.

"We have shown now that there is a clear path to repealing Obamacare without 60 votes in the Senate. We're going to keep talking to each other until we get it right".

Any action before the upcoming April recess would be a huge undertaking. Attention on Capitol Hill has now largely shifted to other issues, such as finding a way to fund the government beyond April 28 when the current continuing resolution expires. As a long-time opponent of Obamacare he felt that Trump's bill did not go far enough and refused it.

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Because that didn't happen with this health care bill, Poe said, ObamaCare is now "the law of the land", which is a disaster.

"So we are not going to retrench into our corners or put up dividing lines".

Rep. Barry Loudermilk, a Republican from Georgia, said every House Republican who went to open mic during the GOP conference meeting pushed to get health care done. "Don't worry", he tweeted later Monday night, "we are in very good shape!" "Some of those who were in the no camp expressed a willingness to work on getting to yes and to making this work".

Several lawmakers signaled Tuesday morning the House could even try to revive the 2017 budget reconciliation measure that served as the vehicle for their first failed repeal efforts.

The tax plan Trump proposed during the presidential campaign would balloon the deficit by trillions of dollars, according to forecasters at both the centrist Tax Policy Center and the conservative Tax Foundation. The two can not be under consideration at the same time.

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"If we just sit up here and play tiddlywinks, it'll hurt us", he said. And if there's any kind of disconnect, I think it really is focused on the fact that the Trump agenda is one that is not as similar to the agenda that the party's been about in the last eight years.

We're looking at all kinds of options to get to yes.

However, even if Republicans get a replacement bill passed in the House, it still may be hard to win passage in the Senate, as a number of Republicans there had voiced opposition to reducing the number of insured under the Medicaid program and to defunding Planned Parenthood, as the AHCA would have done.

"We're not done yet". "We've got to have some bipartisanship around here, otherwise we're not going to get much done".

That would enrage not just Democrats, but independents and some Republicans.

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Brady said the committee plans to move on the bill in the spring. But know this: "We are not giving up". The president's first agenda was to "repeal and replace" Obamacare, and Ryan took the reins in Congress, ultimately spearheading the repeal effort. "Get in a room and work". With the votes not there, House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the bill without a vote Friday. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.