A new CBS News poll found that most want President Donald Trump and Congress to move on from health care, and also found a sharp partisan divide on confidence in his ability to make deals.
So with four weeks to go, Trump and Republican leaders are trying to salvage priorities like his wall along the Mexico border and immediate increases in defense spending without stumbling into a politically toxic government shutdown in another month.
"It is pretty obvious we were not able in the House to pass a replacement". I happen to think that the best thing that could ever happen for the Trump administration was for the healthcare bill to fail. "We believe it will not work out well, but we'll see. Sorry that didn't work", McConnell added. Donald Trump, during his campaign, promised he would replace it his first week in office with something "terrific". Short said that "of course" the White House hopes to avoid a shutdown.
Raw feelings and mistrust could pose an obstacle to President Donald Trump and hard-line conservative lawmakers in his Republican Party as they seek to rebound from defeat on healthcare legislation by launching into an overhaul of the US tax code.
"I don't know what has changed", said Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass, according to The New York Times. "That's such an easy one". "Any way we can get rid of those, I think it'd be a good thing".
The AHCA features a lot of the same basic characteristics of the Affordable Care Act, one being allowing insurance companies to penalize individuals who go long periods of time without health insurance.
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Ryan is siding with conservatives - and the GOP-unification case - by arguing the party's differences are more about politics than policy.
When the American Health Care Act was pulled last week from a scheduled vote and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said the ACA would remain the "law of the land", the president then claimed that he preferred for the law known as "Obamacare" to "implode" and "explode" on its own anyway. This week he threatened that if the ultra conservatives don't fall into line and march like good Republicans, he would recruit and support more moderate candidates to oppose them in their Republican primaries. "It's very understandable that the president is frustrated we're not going where he wants to go", he said at a press conference in Congress shortly after Mr Trump's tweet. "It is just too important". A complete defeat that I don't think anyone would have predicted in the manner that took place.
Those comments landed with a thud on the Senate side.
Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee is criticizing the House speaker for saying the president shouldn't work with Democrats on health care. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., said: "No".
House leaders walked out of the meeting with a spring in their step.