More importantly, moderate Republicans let it be known that they were not willing to jeopardize the health-care coverage their constituents are receiving through the insurance exchanges and Medicaid.
Last Friday, after failing to pass the House GOP' health care bill, House Speaker Paul Ryan pronounced: "We're going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future".
Freshman Rep. Brian Mast (R-Fla.) said he told the conference that he wanted to give a "boot in the backside" to the challenges that Republicans face in repealing Obamacare (though he may have used more colorful language when speaking to members behind closed doors). The proposed bill also would have taken away coverage for "essential benefits" like outpatient care, emergency services, mental health, prescription drugs and rehabilitative services.
The retreat on the party's top legislative priority was a jarring defeat for President Donald Trump and Republican leaders.
They held a closed door meeting to determine what to do next.
But Rep. Mark Meadows, chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, predicts real tax reform - with lower rates - will generate more income and greater economic growth to help both businesses and consumers. They complained it didn't go far enough in erasing Obama's statute.
But it's not as bad as the Republicans have been making it out to be.
The right-wing Freedom Caucus rejected the bill because they felt it didn't do enough to dismantle Obamacare insurance regulations.
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But the party remains riven into factions. Unless and until they choose otherwise, they will never fundamentally change the direction of America - which, one assumes, is why its members ran for office in the first place. The art of governing is compromise. Democrats ought to allow Republicans to call a new bill whatever they want. "I want us to become a unified majority", Ryan told reporters. "We are going to keep getting at this thing", Ryan said.... GOP leaders in Congress and at the White House were trying to take steps to avoid stumbling into a shutdown.
The decision is particularly important in counties where there is only one insurance company. He accused Trump of using executive actions to destabilize the health care system.
Trump should also convene a White House conference and invite representatives of the professional and grass-roots organizations that opposed the GOP repeal and replace law.
Following the failure, attributed majorly to push back from the House Freedom Caucus, Trump and members of the Republican establishment have set sights on eliminating conservative obstructionism.
That sentiment was echoed by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.
"We believe it will not work out well, but we'll see", McConnell said.
Conservative members believed the legislation didn't go far enough to repeal the Affordable Care Act, while more moderate members were anxious about estimates that more than 24 million Americans could lose coverage under the bill.
"Because we've all been promising - Democrat, Republican, we've all been promising that to the American people".