Last Friday, House Republicans couldn't muster the votes for their marquee legislation to repeal and replace the health care law and pulled it off the floor in an embarrassing setback for Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan. But Barton, one of the caucus members who supported the bill, said he thinks holdout members can be instrumental in another stab at getting an agreement done. On Monday, just three days later, Ryan said: "If Obamacare just stays as is, that's not acceptable to the American people".
READ: Can Republicans govern if they can't keep a promise they've made for 7 years? Across the Capitol, many Republican senators appeared undeterred by the House bill's failure.
Despite efforts by Trump to bring along House Freedom Caucus members, many of them said they would vote against the American Health Care Act.
Why? For the simple reason that on January 14, six days before he was sworn in as president, Trump told the Washington Post he was nearing completion of a plan to replace "Obamacare". We're going to have a test in the short term very soon to see which way they're leaning.
'Trying to make it look like he was being utterly serious at the time is a bit of a stretch, ' he said. "And so, we're going to get this right", Mr. Ryan said. Now that they have defied President Trump, they're hoping he can finally make them fall into line, the Washington Examiner reported.
Vice President Mike Pence, who introduced Trump, thanked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer for their leadership and service and called for a round of applause for the spouses who were in attendance. "I want us to become a unified majority", House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) told a news conference on Tuesday. "We believe it will not work out well".
Asked about House plans for a do-over, Sen. They 100% own it, ' he said. Last week he tweeted that the law would "explode". We're looking forward to that.
"We're going to get interested parties in a room and see if we can't find a deal on this", he said.
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"Times have changed", he said.
"Can you add additional folks on without pushing additional folks off?" And once they do, how do they get the votes to pass them? Does it open the door to a bipartisan overhaul effort?
Trump has already signed an executive order to weaken the ACA, and could further dismantle Obama's signature health care legislation by attacking specific parts of it, such as Medicaid and requirements for what health insurance companies must cover.
"Drop repeal, drop it today and drop it for good". There is a provision in the Affordable Care Act that directs the federal government to subsidize low- and middle-income people who can't afford the deductibles and co-pays. "That means we're going to talk things out until we get there".
"We think there's a win-win in there", Brat said.
Brooks spoke after divided House Republicans met to discuss strategy. Randy Weber, R-Texas.
And, he should talk to small businessmen and women who have a hard time navigating the Affordable Care Act. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of New York, flanked by Sen. "I don't think it will work out all that well".
But most Freedom Caucus members held out. He noted that caucus members had been among Trump's biggest supporters. "We felt if the president had his name (on the bill) it would be bad for him as well".