After Health Care Loss, Republicans Regroup for Round Two

Justin Greene
March 31, 2017

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi sent a letter to her colleagues Tuesday thanking them for protecting the ACA from what she called the "Republican's monstrosity of a bill", and said they must ensure the Trump administration does not "sabotage" the program out of spite.

Trump's spokesman did not describe a president in a rush.

"We are all going to work together and listen together until we get this right", Ryan told reporters after House Republicans met for the first time since he averted a Friday vote on a GOP health care bill that faced certain defeat.

Of six changes the failed House GOP bill would have made to President Barack Obama's law, five drew more negative than positive reviews. It has been the issue that has animated Republican opposition to Obama.

A whopping 74% of Republicans think it's "very" or "somewhat" likely that Trump Tower was wiretapped or surveilled by the US government during his campaign, according to a CBS News poll out Wednesday.

"You don't go anywhere until this is accomplished". "I don't think you want people exiting the market that rapidly", he said.

FBI Director James Comey on March 20 - the same day he confirmed his agency was investigating the Trump team's potential ties to Russian Federation - said under oath that the FBI and Department of Justice had "no information" to back up Trump's clamoring over an illegal Obama wiretap.

"We'll find out who is truly for repeal of Obamacare and who is not", Brooks said.

The Freedom Caucus, primarily, has been blamed by Republicans for the failure to reach a deal last week. The AHCA also would have resulted in significant cuts to Medicaid, a facet of the bill that influenced many moderate Republicans to oppose the bill.

"I know that we're all going to make a deal on health care".

The Senate Intelligence Committee has seven full-time professional staff members working to evaluate intelligence and documents related to the committee's investigation on Russian election interference, Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) said Wednesday. And they've offered mixed messages on what comes next. "I don't want government running health care".

The message from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue as recently as Monday was clear: We're moving on to tax reform, getting Judge Neil Gorsuch confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court and avoiding a government shutdown when federal funding expires late next month. He said he's encouraging the Senate to produce its own health care package, and he and others suggested that lawmakers may produce several smaller bills addressing pieces of the issue.

But the Senate GOP's No. 2 leader, John Cornyn of Texas, showed little appetite to plunge ahead. "Once the Republicans take repeal off the table, we're willing to work with them", he responded. While the humbled party leaders snipe at each other over what could have been, the nation's health-care system continues to wither at the edges, and sometime soon someone had better be ready with something better. "That's not presidential", he said, "that's petulance". Health care was a topic but it wasn't central to the agenda, sources said. On legislation, however, extremism will not work, owing to the need to attract some relatively centrist Republicans in order for it to pass. In the past such deadlines have prompted brinkmanship that sometimes led to shuttering agencies. Yet some of these new changes included repealing benefits that guaranteed health insurance plans for people in the U.S. Even still, these changes were not enough to win the support of members of the Freedom Caucus, who wanted a bill that more aggressively dismantled the ACA. If not, please consider doing so by clicking on the button below.

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