GOP Struggles to Decide Next Step After Failed Healthcare Reform Attempt

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"For seven years I've been hearing repeal and replace from Congress and I've been hearing it loud and strong". Opposition from three Republican senators left McConnell's alternative plan to move ahead on a straight repeal, in doubt.

"The president clearly wanting people to believe this is not his problem, not even a Republican problem", Cooper continued.

That whole "do unto others thing", doesn't extend to government officials, I guess.

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, told MSNBC he would examine the proposal, but indicated he was leaning against it. Today I haven't heard too much about what they're saying now that that bill has collapsed.

SIEGEL: And when President Trump says we'll let that happen, can he do that either by action or by inaction?

However, Moran may not be put to the test on a repeal-only bill.

Do you think Obamacare is failing?

"The debate in the battle over healthcare isn't over", Sanders said. "It's an absolute disaster". So once again, Republicans in a familiar place - they don't have the votes. They have no thought process.

The Tuesday Group, a group of centrist Republicans, and the similarly centrist New Democrats had lunch together Tuesday.

The conversation turned more serious after the final meeting, Read said. "It's failed. It's gone".

President Trump, speaking to reporters in the Roosevelt Room, dished out plenty of blame for Democrats and Republicans alike. She added that "the responsibility lies on their shoulders" and that they need to "own the failure of it".

Murkowski said the facts on the ground are different now.

In the meantime, now would be an excellent moment for a fresh idea about healthcare to fill this brief vacuum.

"It is not conservatives who are the obstacle, but the Senate leader himself", Erickson wrote in a column published Tuesday in The Resurgent titled, "Mr. President, Why Are You Letting Mitch McConnell Scuttle Your Agenda?"

Two years ago, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office warned that simply repealing Obamacare would essentially kick 18 million people off health care in the first year compared to current law, a figure that would balloon to 32 million by 2026. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah).

For example, House Republicans and Trump have proposed eliminating the federal deduction for state and local taxes to help pay for lower overall income tax rates for everyone. That appeared to be a veiled threat that his administration would undermine the viability of health insurance marketplaces created under the ACA, The Hill reported. We should have had Democrats vote. The GOP couldn't possibly want any more of this punishment, could it?

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