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Trump to senators: We'll 'make a deal on health care' very quickly

April 30 2017, 06:46 | Irvin Gilbert

President Donald Trump, who ran as the consummate deal-maker, blamed Democrats, the party Trump and his fellow Republicans kept at arm's length as a replacement bill was negotiated.

Trump himself isn't giving up.

After the GOP failed to garner enough support in the House for their own health care bill, President Trump is assuring lawmakers that a deal would soon be made. The math is the same.

Four of the five Republican House members from New Jersey said they could not support the measure. "I'm sorry that didn't work, but our Democratic friends now have the law that they wrote in place and we'll see how that works out". I think it's going to happen. "I think it will, actually".

Freedom Caucus members have downplayed the possibility, however. Meanwhile, Republicans from swing districts recognized that they would put themselves in political peril if they began taking away healthcare from older people with limited means and serious medical conditions or from pregnant women or from the working poor or from young people on their parents' plans - all the people who were beneficiaries of the ACA. "(But) I am convinced Republicans in Congress and the White House are going to get it done".

"It's not a flawless plan but I'm really grateful to have what I do have", she said. "What gets us to yes from a more conservative side of the spectrum?" Asked if it were realistic for the House to try to revive its health care legislation, Sen.

"All last week he was calling them".

"There continue to be a lot of vacancies", Conant said, "and they have rejected a lot of people who have government experience because of loyalty tests from the campaign". "If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan".

Ryan proclaimed: "We are going to work together and listen together until we get this right". "Are we actively planning an Immediate strategy? Not at this time".

It would be a 20-percent tax on imports that, by making imports more expensive, would spur domestic production, they said.

Everybody thought the GOP's Obamacare repeal-and-replace initiative had died a noisy death last week.

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on Tuesday seemed to downplay the odds of the passage of a major health care bill this year. Talking nonsense might get you to the White House, but it doesn't guarantee you can pass legislation once you get there. "Trump is stuck. He can't cajole the arch conservatives in the Republican Party, and at the same time, my sense is the Democrats don't want to throw him a bone either, so it is going to be hard", said Jack Ablin, chief investment officer at BMO Private Bank in Chicago. "They [the Trump White House] need to get to that level, or close to it, or there are going to be gross inefficiencies built in and opportunities that are lost".

Plus, congressional Republicans viewed Trump's election as their chance, finally, to enact sweeping changes with traditional Republican agenda items.

Many Senate Republicans are also skeptical, raising the prospect that Ryan's tax vision could suffer the same fate as his health plan, toppling under the weight of divisions within his party. Those who would have voted yes wish they could have gotten their colleagues there too.

Instead of delivering something "revenue neutral" that won't add to the deficit - the kind of fiscally-responsible budget the GOP has been railing about for years - we're going to get a deficit exploder.

Freedom Caucus chairman Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., said he wanted lawmakers to delay a planned upcoming two-week April recess to work on the bill.

Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, criticized the contrarian House Freedom Caucus on Monday, a day after resigning from the hard-right group because it helped sink the Republican health care effort. Dan Coats, Trump's new director of national intelligence and said his goal was to reform the "dysfunctional, rotting mess of a carcass that we call the tax code".



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