GOP to Try Again with Doomed Health Care Bill

GOP lawmaker 'Words are hollow' from Freedom Caucus

"I know we're going to make a deal on health care, that's such an easy one", Trump told a bipartisan group of senators and spouses at a White House reception Tuesday night. Disregarding the fact that the loss came with both houses of Congress under Republican control, Trump's inability to overcome the House Freedom Caucus' objections proves, once more, a fundamental fact about this president: Donald Trump is a fraud.

Riding the momentum against the repeal effort, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., sent a letter to the House Democratic Caucus Tuesday to solicit suggestions for how to improve Obamacare.

Section 1332 waivers allow states to modify certain ACA requirements, including the essential health benefits requirement and the individual and employer shared responsibility provisions. I don't see it that way. Waiting too long, if Republicans are right about the state of Obamacare, would be disastrous for the very people the Democrats say they are trying to protect.

In the districts of the bill's foes, Republican voters and activists faulted Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. The premise underlying the highly partisan 2,700-page legislation is that health care is a right belonging to everyone in America and the federal government has a constitutional duty to provide it.

They held a closed-door meeting to determine what to do next.

"I don't think it's a workable element", she said of the mandate. That being said, there are areas we need to improve and there are folks still struggling to access affordable care.

A do-nothing strategy leaves in place the present system that has raised prices for the insured, and will raise them more until ObamaCare collapses under its own weight.

Trump initially faulted Democrats for rejecting the bill, but on several occasions since then, including Thursday morning, he lashed out at the hardline conservatives of the House Freedom Caucus.

The news comes as the Republican party is ailing.

Ryan and other Republican leaders, however, appeared more optimistic Republicans could come together. Democrats ought to allow Republicans to call a new bill whatever they want. I want to thank the president and the speaker.

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We're never going to get anywhere by believing the "you can have it all" campaign promises meant to draw in our votes and our donations.

Ryan declined to give a timeline for when House Republicans will try to vote again on the bill. The failure to obtain and maintain health insurance triggers a tax burden - equivalent to the annual premium on a health insurance policy - for every year one goes without coverage.

SHAPIRO: You've been a strong supporter of the Affordable Care Act from the beginning. As Sarah Frostenson and I reported last fall, there are 960 counties on Healthcare.gov that had just one health insurer selling coverage in 2017. Humana followed in 2017, announcing that it would withdraw from the 11 state marketplaces where the insurer now sells coverage.

State insurance commissioner John Doak said in an interview he remains "cautiously optimistic" the insurer will continue providing insurance to about 140,000 individuals. As Michael Grunwald notes in a recent piece for Politico, that can be done without asking Democrats to go all in on health savings accounts, or expecting Republicans to suddenly get sentimental about a public option.

But Rep. Tom Massie, R-Ky., said, "It's fantasy a single Democrat will support repealing Barack Obama's legacy law". The Republican plan has always been to undermine Obamacare, and this was step one.

That sentiment was echoed by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.

"It is pretty obvious we were not able in the House to pass a replacement", he told reporters.

Still, if everyone agrees that the Affordable Care Act needs fixing, why can't we fix it?

Leaving people without health insurance would have been politically unpalatable.

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