Speaker Ryan Spurns Health Care Talks With Democrats
January 22 2018, 08:27 | Irvin Gilbert
Their initial effort, to repeal and replace Obamacare, the 2010 health care law, collapsed last week and is unlikely to be revived. Doesn't seem likely, right?
Trump said after the failure of the Republican plan last week that Democrats, none of whom supported the bill, would be willing to negotiate new healthcare legislation because Obamacare is destined to "explode".
Ryan scoffed and retorted, "No". And once they do, how do they get the votes to pass them? I never said repeal it and replace it within 64 days. "This time we knew if it got to the president's desk it would be signed".
"The irony is that the Freedom Caucus, which is very pro-life and against Planned Parenthood, allows P.P.to continue if they stop this plan!" he tweeted.
Ronald Reagan had his Tip O'Neill, the powerful Democratic Speaker of the House.
"If you are going to be a great negotiator, you have to know about the subject matter", the aide said, adding that overhauling health care is far different from building a golf course. "I don't think there are 60 votes".
"Yeah, we want this information to be provided to Congress and we're waiting for it to be provided to Congress", Ryan said.
As of now in a rare showing of bi-partisanship Republicans and Democrats are working diligently together on a measure to fund the government through September that can appeal to the center of each party, according to POLITICO and The Hill. So time is running short. CBS anchor Norah O'Donnell asked Ryan if he did indeed coordinate Nunes' trip to the White House. And that's not enough to pass a bill.
"A lot of people don't realize how good our bill was", Trump insisted.
"Sometimes you're playing Fantasy Football and sometimes you're in the real game", Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, said. We'll shut down the government.
"Plan B is we keep talking to each other and figure out how we get to yes, and how we get this bill passed", Ryan said. Reconciliation is a special type of legislative process which inoculates bills from Senate filibusters.
On Wednesday, members of the Senate Intelligence Committee said they believed Russian Federation was trying to influence the upcoming French election. We're not going to have a government shutdown. They have become expert at stopping whatever a president wants to do, but they don't have a clue how to initiate policy.
There is a very important deadline of April 28 which is the day the government funding budget must be completed. Ryan wants a huge tax cut for the rich, paid for in part by the border adjustment tax, which is opposed by scores of Republicans. "There's always money for - border security".
"The big chunk of money for the wall, really, is...next fiscal year's appropriations because they literally can't start construction this quickly", he said.
PAUL RYAN: Oh, he was deeply involved.
But, it also may be the best thing that could have happened to his young administration. He knows the circumstances. This is a can-do President.
"This is a can-do president, who's a business guy, and he wants to get things done", Ryan said.
Stop me if you've heard this one before ... If you have reason to believe that any written material or image has been innocently infringed, please bring it to the immediate attention of CDN via the e-mail address or phone number listed on the Contact page so that it can be resolved expeditiously. Fielding phone calls from viewers early on a Saturday morning, the 25-year-old Republican staffer passionately argued in favor of a free-market solution for America's health care system as he fired off budget numbers like a Gatling gun.
Democrats have indicated they may be receptive to working with the White House if Republicans focus on reforming Obamacare. "And that's exactly what we're going to do", boasted House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.
A leading opponent was the head of the Freedom Caucus - Rep. Mark Meadows.