It's not dead yet, House Republicans insist of effort to repeal Obamacare

Vice President Mike Pence speaks at DynaLab Inc. in Reynoldsburg Ohio. Pence and a few other White House officials made a new offer to conservative House Republicans late Monday on the GOP's failed health care bil

It's not dead yet, House Republicans insist of effort to repeal Obamacare

Ryan, one of the architects behind the failed American Health Care Act, and Trump, who sold himself to voters as a great dealmaker, suffered an embarrassing legislative defeat when they failed to build a bridge between conservative and moderate Republicans.

The page, entitled "Providing Relief Right Now for Patients", goes through various regulatory changes being implemented at HHS to the ACA and its programs. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) said when asked about the next steps on health care. "Every major piece of legislation needs adjustment; now is the time to fix and strengthen the Affordable Care Act, not repeal and replace it". "I think it will actually, I think it's going to happen, because we've all been promising - Democrat, Republican - we've all been promising that to the American people, so I think a lot of good things are going to happen". Even if all 193 Democrats join Brooks' longshot effort, another 22 Republicans would have to join Democrats to force a vote - which is highly unlikely given their perception of repeal as a poison pill. That retreat was a humiliating setback for President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans. The 6 percent who say they strongly favored the bill are outnumbered almost 6 to 1 by those who strongly opposed it.

At a Tuesday evening reception in the White House for senators and their spouses, Trump said a deal on a new healthcare bill will be pursued soon.

"We're just going to have to see how that works out", the Kentucky Republican said. "They want us to fix it", noting that the Republican health care bill had only 17 percent support in a recent national poll by Quinnipiac University.

The health care strategizing comes as the GOP has one clear bright spot: Trump's nomination of conservative appeals court Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

"Finding a solution is still elusive", said Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden, the Oregon Republican who wrote much of the initial plan.


Republicans had long promised to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's signature domestic healthcare policy, but could not get their various factions to agree on a bill.

"It's pretty obvious we were not able, in the House, to pass a replacement". "And we're not going to stop until we get this done".

The independent Congressional Budget Office concluded that 24 million Americans would lose their health care coverage over the next decade if the Republican plan was approved. Many of the Republicans opposed to Trump's healthcare bill did so because they believe the bill did not go far enough in removing the benefits and protections of Obamacare.

Spicer added that "we're not going to create a deal for the sake of creating a deal that ends up not being in the best interests of the American people".

Lawmakers are also constrained by technical reasons, with the House and Senate now using a reconciliation process that makes it easier to pass legislation without Democratic support. "If we're going to get it done through reconciliation, it would be between now and May".

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