Trump Not Giving Up On Health Care Reform
Republican leaders of the House of Representatives pulled legislation to overhaul the US healthcare system from consideration on Friday due to a shortage of votes, despite desperate lobbying by the White House and its allies in Congress, dealing a stiff setback to President Donald Trump. I think we were doing the architects of Obamacare a favor, by passing this law before it gets even worse. "Do not worry!" EFE news quoted Trump as saying in a tweet on his personal Twitter account, in a reference to the law Obama enacted in 2010. There are 237 House Republicans, meaning that the party could afford 22 members crossing the aisle and joining the Democrats in opposing the bill.
The president has "left everything on the field when it comes to this bill", White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Friday at an afternoon press briefing, adding that Ryan "has done everything he can" to collect votes but "at the end of the day, you can't force people to vote". "I don't know how long it's going to take us to replace this law", he said.
Republicans pulled the bill before a vote in the House, when it became clear they did not have the votes necessary to guarantee its passage.
Conservatives felt the bill did not go far enough in easing restrictions on insurance companies and patients while moderates anxious they would lose votes among constituents who could afford coverage for the first time under Obamacare.
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said the Republican bill would have resulted in 24 million additional uninsured people in a decade and lead to higher out-of-pocket medical costs for many lower-income and people just shy of age 65 when they would become eligible for Medicare.
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"We're going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future". A March 23 poll from Quinnipiac University showed that only 17% of USA voters supported the new bill.
Boehner said last month that while Republicans would fix some problems of Obama's law, a repeal and replacement is "not going to happen".
"Democrats will reach out when they're ready", Trump added.
For his part, Ryan told reporters: "We came really close today but we came up short".
Steadfast opposition from the House of Representatives' conservative Freedom Caucus, as well as Republican moderates, has put Trump's art-of-the-deal skills to the test.
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The episode is a danger point for the relationship between Trump and Ryan, who had an awkward pairing during the campaign but worked in tandem on the GOP health measure. Those Republicans wanted the bill to go much further, while some GOP moderates felt it went too far. "I share their disappointment that this effort came up short".
The president blamed Democrats for the bill's failure.
Republican tax credits would have been based on age, not income like Obama's, and the tax boosts Obama imposed on higher-earning people and health care companies would have been repealed.
"I promised the people of North Carolina's 11th District that I would fight for a full repeal of the Affordable Care Act and a replacement with a market-driven approach ...", Meadows said.
But his gamble failed and instead Mr Trump, who campaigned as a master deal-maker and claimed that he alone could fix America's health care system, saw his ultimatum rejected by Republican politicians who made clear they answer to their own voters, not to the president.
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