Health Care Debacle: Trump Attacks Conservatives Over Bill Failure
Apr 09 2017 by Irving Hamilton
Now after disagreements within the GOP sinking the bill despite the party's majorities in both the House and Senate, and President Donald Trump moving on to other legislative priorities, these companies are in the green despite the broader sell-off in the market.
The Freedom Caucus is a hard-right group of more than 30 GOP House members who were largely responsible for blocking the bill to undo the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare". Moderates say it takes coverage away from too many people.
"We are going to keep getting at this thing", Ryan said, according to a recording obtained by the Washington Post. But in the end, the North Carolina Republican couldn't deliver the votes even after it appeared there might be a breakthrough Wednesday. If Speaker Ryan struggled with this, what will happen when the going gets tough?
Brat said that could be done "in short order".
"We're going to get this right".
"Well, it's just another day at the office for me, I guess", Dent said. "No, it was not flawless, but I was ready to vote yes because everybody had an input in the Republican Party and yet, some would continue to say, 'I'm not going to vote for the bill'".
The former chairman and a founder of the House Freedom Caucus emphasized this morning that "good process will lead to better policy", and the rush of the White House-backed Obamacare replacement bill that crashed last week due to a lack of GOP support was "fundamental" in its failure. It was bad public policy that would have cut taxes for the wealthy on the backs of older, lower-income Americans who would have paid more for health coverage - and it would have resulted in 24 million Americans losing insurance over the next decade. It would have also blocked federal payments to Planned Parenthood.
Trump initially focused his blame on Democrats for the failure and predicted a dire future for the current law. And they've offered mixed messages on what comes next. That does not have to be the case, but progress requires a coherent governing vision that combines three elements: conservative principles, Trump's brand of economic nationalism, and an understanding of the party's significant and often intransigent moderate wing.
Actual people with real health needs are depending on our elected officials to work together to make the necessary changes.
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. Many of them also opposed the leadership's failed bill because it would have pried health coverage from millions of voters. Last week he tweeted that the law would "explode".
Priebus said that Trump doesn't want to leave anybody behind in this health care plan and that Trump is not closed to any option.
"We think there's a win-win in there", Brat said. The hosts and correspondents on the NBC, ABC, and CBS broadcasts were gleeful as they touted the "blame game" and "recriminations" occurring within the Republican Party.
"If he changes, he could have a different presidency", Schumer said. Trump tweeted early Sunday.
They were instrumental in dealing Trump a stunning political setback on Friday when Republican House leaders pulled the healthcare legislation, derailing a major 2016 election campaign promise of the president and his allies.
Priebus described the two events as "coincidental", insisting that Trump was helping out a friend by plugging her show and no "preplanning" occurred.