Republicans reportedly may try another vote on Obamacare replacement bill next week

Miranda GreerApr 03, 2017

We went straight to mark-up. Had it passed, the same pundits would be shredding it as cold and heartless, the moral equivalent of signing your granny up with ISIS just to get her out of the house.

Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, officially resigned membership of the group of lawmakers Monday, citing concerns with the group's strong opposition to the Republican health care plan.

My favorite line from the story is this: "Kushner proudly notes that most of the members of his team have little-to-no political experience, hailing instead from the world of business".

Historian Richard E. Neustadt, in "Presidential Power: the Politics of Leadership" writes: "When contemplating General Eisenhower winning the presidential election, Truman said, 'He'll sit here, and he'll say, "Do this!" Poor Ike - it won't be a bit like the Army. Employers wouldn't have to pay for insurance for employees and so on and so forth, but the government would need to come up with a whole lot of money to do that, and it would require very significant new revenues to do that, at least under any such plan I've seen which would make it very hard to pull off politically.

Trump aides said the president could seek support from moderate Democrats on upcoming legislative battles ranging from the budget and tax cuts to health care, leaving open the possibility he could revisit health care legislation. Harry Reid openly said so. Indeed, perhaps the most consequential outcome of the GOP's health care debacle is that it could fundamentally tarnish Trump's image, even among his most strident supporters.

Spicer said, "We're not trying to jam that down anyone's throat right now". "This bill didn't do what we told the American people we were going to do".

It led to presidential appeals to lawmakers that combined superficiality with cynicism: vote for the bill, not because it would improve the lives of any Americans, but because it'd be good for him and party messaging.

Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean also said the end game is the so-called "public option".

Capitol Hill Democrats formed a united front against the effort to repeal and replace President Barack Obama's signature legislative accomplishment.

In San Diego, an ad ran asking constituents to thank Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., "for keeping his promise and replacing the Affordable Care Act with a better health care you deserve".

His poll numbers falling and his plans to move onto tax reform and a robust infrastructure program imperiled, Trump took to Twitter to attack the conservative group that many in the White House hold responsible for sabotaging last week's health care vote.

"Nobody knew health care could be so complicated", the president told governors in February, apparently annoyed by details that everyone but him were already aware of.

It was one of the most shocking moments I've ever seen in Congress. If that's all they wanted, it wouldn't be particularly hard, because everyone in their party loves cutting taxes, so long as the noble job-creators at the top get almost all the benefits.

'It was an incredible opportunity to have a moment free of politics and to enjoy some collegial moments with each other at the White House, ' Spicer said of Tuesday night's dinner, saying that the crowd happily listened to the United States Marine Band play.

White House chief of staff Reince Priebus told Fox News on Sunday that Trump "is 100 percent correct and he hits the bull's-eye in that tweet, like he often does". This means lobbying. Big government means a big swamp that attracts those who seek to influence legislation and regulation to their benefit. It seems Republicans can't tolerate their own prosperity we conservatives gave them.

Schumer, a New York Democrat, suggested that if Trump changes, "he could have a different presidency".

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