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April 28 2017, 02:01 | Van Peters
GOP finger-pointing clouds path for Trump agenda
Rep. Mo Brooks, Alabama Republican and member of the hard-line House Freedom Caucus, told multiple news outlets he planned to file a discharge petition to force a floor vote on straight repeal, if Obamacare isn't dealt with in the coming weeks. House Speaker Paul D. Ryan told Republican donors Monday that he intends to continue pushing for an overhaul of the nation's health-care system by working "on two tracks" as he also pursues other elements of President Trump's agenda.
Neither Trump nor the House leaders gave an indication about when a new health care bill would be ready for action.
"My hope is that Democrats will quit gloating at our inability to get it done on a party-line basis and join us in fixing" Obama's law, Cornyn said. Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat.
- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 28, 2017White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Monday that Trump is honest about working with Democrats on healthcare reform.
If Obamacare collapses, "the Democrats will get blamed for it", Mick Mulvaney, Trump's budget director, said on "Meet the Press" Sunday.
Freedom Caucus Chair Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) told reporters he did not want to discuss the changes to the bill they were seeking publicly, but that "We're looking at all options to get to yes".
"Well, it's just another day at the office for me, I guess", Dent said. Meanwhile, they have fantastic health care for life and are playing games with ours. Although winning over Democrats may be tough, the alternative - getting Republicans to vote as a bloc - could be a hard road in light of the healthcare rebellion by Republican lawmakers. Brian Schatz, a Democrat from Hawaii. "I don't know how long it's going to take us to replace this law".
"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.
'I think there's a little bit of sound that needs to go with that.
"But, when it counted, they got cold feet", he said.
In the run-up to the vote, healthcare workers were among the most vocal in their opposition to repealing the law because they see firsthand what happens when patients delay or forgo care because they can't afford it. They had no idea what a replacement was. In fashioning a response, Paul Ryan lost his way.
FILE - In a March 23, 2017 file photo, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, right, departs after a Republican caucus meeting on Capitol Hill, in Washington.
Gingrich said, "Not voting on Friday was really good". That's why he took the easiest legislation first to get passed, and it didn't pass.
"Clearly, they have a clear decision to make". But the No. 2 Senate Republican, John Cornyn of Texas, said there would not be another attempt to advance Republican-only health care legislation.
Wyden said he hasn't had a serious discussion with the administration yet on tax reform either. They're also moving on.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that Democrats should be happy about the Republican failure because it leaves their system in place.
Five. Like Obama before him, Trump made the mistake of trying to pass his big health care package with votes from his party alone.
As noted, a tax cut tied to health care is part of good health reform. "I think there will be difficulties in both of those issues". "We always have been", he said.