Paul Ryan insists Obamacare repeal's not dead

Posted April 05, 2017

If President Donald Trump is serious about providing health care for all Americans, he could start by enforcing the law.

MCEVERS: If Republicans could not find the votes to repeal President Obama's health care law - I mean, this was the animating issue for their party over the last many years - how much confidence do they have that Speaker Ryan can find the votes to pass any major legislation? "It's just that valuable, that important".

Republican lawmakers, conservatives and moderates alike, emerged from Tuesday's meeting saying there was a consensus to address the issue again, preferably soon. "That's how we do things on the battlefield, that's how things should be done here", said freshman Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., an Army veteran who lost both legs after being wounded in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, a member of the Freedom Caucus says he will force the House to vote on a full repeal of Obama's health care law in a month if the chamber hasn't acted to roll back the statute.

"We as a conference are still trying to get to yes", MacArthur said, adding that the "framework would largely be the same" as the bill that Ryan abruptly pulled from the House floor on Friday. "And in the meantime, we're going to do all of our other work that we came here to do".

"After this morning, the resolve of our conference to repeal Obamacare and replace it has never been stronger", House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, said.

"We can not walk away now, without even a vote", said Rep. Luke Messer (R-IN), a junior member of the House GOP leadership, said on the House floor.

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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. And they've offered mixed messages on what comes next.

Trump has sent mixed signals in recent days, at times blaming the Freedom Caucus, outside groups and even, it appeared, Ryan.

'The Republican House Freedom Caucus was able to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

After pulling the bill, Ryan told reporters "Obamacare is the law of the land" and stressed that Republicans would instead move on to other items on their agenda, like tax reform.

"I think that moving forward, the president's vision on lowering taxes for every American is what's going to unite not just the Republican Party, but I think some of those Democrats are going to come on board as well".

Choosing to do neither is demonstrating their opposition to health care for all Americans. "If he changes, he could have a different presidency", he said.

Senate Minority Charles E. Schumer said Democrats plan to outline ways to improve on Obamacare, which extended coverage to more than 20 million people but suffers from rising premiums and dwindling choices on its web-based insurance exchanges. We don't want a government-run health care system. The Senate plans to consider Gorsuch next week. But the Ryan tax cut wasn't tied to health care.