House Republicans Renew Plans to Repeal Obamacare After Failed First Attempt

by Garry Watts April 1, 2017, 1:32
House Republicans Renew Plans to Repeal Obamacare After Failed First Attempt

But it's hard to blame them.

Democrats hail the ACA for bringing health insurance to 20 million people who previously lacked coverage.

The White House said on Monday it was moving ahead with tax reform, calling it a "huge priority" for the Republican president and "something that he feels very strongly about".

A Republican plan backed by Trump to overhaul the US healthcare system was pulled on Friday after it failed to garner enough support to pass the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. And no Democrat was going to help.

By late last week, a credible public-opinion poll pegged support for the legislation at 17 percent.

"It wasn't going to be ideal from the get-go", she said.

It's unclear whether Paul Ryan - let alone the House's tea party hardliners - would support such a measure.

With the health care defeat, President Trump learned that building consensus even within his own party can be extremely hard.

Trump's tax returns would reveal a trove of information about his business dealings and his sources of income.

Worse? Not even a majority of the president's supporters liked the legislation.

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The Trump administration first expects to cut corporate taxes in order to boost economic activity and encourage multinational companies to return to the United States and stimulate hiring.

Unfortunately, health care is not a game.

Republicans' next major lift is expected to be tax reform, something that Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. That, despite the fact that Republicans had enough votes to pass a bill without any Democrats onboard - if they could only come together as a party. But the mandates for essential care are one of the provisions Democrats care about most in a health-care law.

Pascrell and other Democrats argued that it's important to review Trump's tax returns to learn more about the president's relationship with Russian Federation and potential business conflicts.

Representative Tom MacArthur of New Jersey, a co-chairman of the GOP's Tuesday Group of moderates said he participated in a meeting brokered by House Speaker Paul Ryan with some member of the House Freedom Caucus where they reopened the conversation on how to repeal and replace Obamacare.

"We're not going to retrench into our corners or put up dividing lines", Ryan said after a meeting of House Republicans was dominated by talk of how to restart health negotiations.

The Freedom Caucus, primarily, has been blamed by Republicans for the failure to reach a deal last week. Moving on from repealing Obamacare would mean Republicans may have to admit defeat and face a sobering new reality, in which, they were not able to deliver on the policy goal that united them and catapulted them to victory in the House in 2010, the Senate in 2014 and the White House in 2016.

Trump should move ahead seeking compromise. The Freedom Caucus will not go along but supporters of those lawmakers are likely more concerned with truly affordable health care than ideology.

Trump is not bound to conservatism.

Who will be key players in a future vote? When the time comes, hopefully sooner rather than later, he will get a chance to prove his deal-making skills in building a health care consensus that includes votes from both parties - as it should and arguably must.

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