Trump’s Charm Offensive to House Conservatives on Trumpcare ‘Is not Working Yet’
It’s still not working. Paul Ryan is warning of calamity it it fails:
“Speaker Paul Ryan expressed confidence Sunday that House Republicans’ Obamacare replacement could pass the Senate but also acknowledged the potential reality of the GOP’s failure to advance the legislation to the president’s desk: a 2018 bloodbath.”
“The House plan to repeal and replace Obamacare was met with opposition from fellow Republicans in Congress and powerful outside conservative groups. Nevertheless, two House panels marked up the legislation and advanced it through committee last week.”
“I believe we can get 51 votes out of the Senate,” Ryan told host John Dickerson on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “Look, this is what the legislative process looks like. When you are going through a deliberative legislative process, not ramming and jamming things but going through all the committees, going through the entire process — people are going to try and negotiate.”
Ryan downplayed the opposition to the House bill as typical “negotiations and compromises.”
“That’s how legislation works,” he said. “And what we’re seeing and hearing is just that.”
It isn’t clear where Paul Ryan gets all this confidence for it passing in the Senate. Perhaps the same place Trump’s HHS guy, Tom Price, gets his confidence nobody will be financially worse off from Trumpcare.
You know, somewhere in NeverNeverLand.
Tom Cotton-who unlike, Paul Ryan-is actually a Senator is far less confident of success. Quite the opposite:
“The Arkansas senator advised the House to slow down and resolve issues with regard to Medicaid and the individual insurance markets before the measure reaches the Senate.”
“I’m afraid that if they vote for this bill, they’re going to put the House majority at risk next year,” he said. “I just do not think that this bill can pass the Senate. And, therefore, I think the House should take a pause and try to get as close as we can to a good result before they send to it the Senate.”
When Ryan claims to be certain it passes the Senate he seems not to be basing this on anything Tom Cotton says.
As for Trump’s charm offensive, he was in Kentucky yesterday to court Rand Paul. It’s still not working yet.
“Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said Sunday that Republicans lack sufficient votes to even begin “real” negotiations on House leaders’ Obamacare replacement plan.”
“We are still in the pre-negotiation period,” Paul told host John Dickerson of CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
Pre-negotiation period. When you consider how fast the Ryan has tried to ram this through-remember ram through was the grievous the GOP laid against Obama and the Dems in 2009-2010-pre-negotiation is accurate.
But what Paul says is pretty damning: we know it’s a heavy lift in the Senate. But he says they lack toe votes in the House.
“Paul, who has panned House Speaker Paul Ryan’s American Health Care Act as “Obamacare-lite,” outlined the pathway toward legitimate negotiations with fellow Republicans.”
“The real negotiation period comes — and I promise this is the way it’s going to work: We will get Obamacare-lite, Ryan’s plan, unless there’s enough conservatives in the House to say no,” he explained. “If there’s enough to say no, when they start voting on the rules of debate, if they bring down the rule, if they stop him in the tracks, then a true negotiation begins. No negotiation right now counts, until they determine to have enough votes to stop Obamacare-lite.”
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