Can Republicans revive their effort to repeal Obamacare?
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Apr 01, 2017,
Apr 01, 2017, 1:32
Despite the latest display of political will to repeal Obamacare among House Republicans, it's not clear if GOP moderates and hard-liners can agree on how to go about replacing former President Barack Obama's signature health care law.
The White House has sought to refocus attention on that part of Trump's agenda since the collapse on Friday of a Republican bill to reshape the US healthcare system largely by gutting Democratic former President Barack Obama's 2010 healthcare law.
"I know that we're all going to make a deal on health care", he told members of the Senate on Tuesday at a dinner at the White House. "Our Democratic friends ought to be pretty happy about that because we have the existing law in place, and I think we're just going to have to see how that works out".
Any path forward on Obamacare's replacement is going to require agreement between conservatives and centrist Republicans, factions of the party that opposed the House GOP's health care bill for different reasons. Orrin Hatch already warns Democrats and Republicans haven't seen eye-to-eye on in the past."Democrats, they've never been real enthusiastic about corporate tax reductions", Hatch said. And take time - certainly more than 60 days. "And in the meantime we're going to do all of our other work that we came here to do", Ryan said Tuesday after a long meeting with the Republican conference.
Moving forward, Democrats say they are open to working with Republicans, but only if the GOP is serious about hearing their ideas.
While the hearing was under way, House Republicans separately turned back a Democratic attempt to force a floor vote on Trump's tax returns.
With the Obamacare replacement effort now on the backburner, President Trump and congressional Republicans are launching a new agenda: tax cuts.
"I think that's the lesson of last week", he said. "Are we actively planning an Immediate strategy?"
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"It wasn't going to be flawless from the get-go", she said.
Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., stated, "Under Obamacare, people have been forced to buy insurance plans they don't want and can't afford".
"Cost-sharing reductions help millions of Americans get the care and coverage they need", America's Health Insurance Plans, a main industry group, said in a statement last month.
"We're not going to just all of a sudden abandon health care and move on to the rest". While much of the finger-pointing has been at the purists in the Freedom Caucus who just want repeal and nothing else, Friday's non-vote on Trumpcare showed that they've got just as serious a problem with the moderates.
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.
But then Trump suggested that he could also cut a deal with Democrats, a move that would nearly certainly make more conservative members of the House balk.
The Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, whatever you want to call it, can not implode.
Trump said on Friday after the failure of that legislation that he would turn his attention to getting "big tax cuts" through Congress. They're also moving on. "I think we will have a better, stronger product that will unify the conference", he said.