After a late session and heavy lobbying by the White House and GOP leaders, there is still no consensus on the repeal and replacement of ObamaCare.
Fox News reports Speaker Paul Ryan’s fast tracked replacement plan was in peril early this morning after lengthy leadership and committee meetings failed to produce an agreement that would bolster support among conservative members, who say it doesn’t go far enough to undo ObamaCare.
While the House Rules Committee was in session Wednesday Ryan was meeting with more prone to acquiesce Republicans from Pennsylvania, Illinois, Maine and New York as well as members of leadership, trying to gin up support for what is widely considered to be his plan.
The conservative Freedom Caucus is not on board with the plan. “I’m confident that we have still enough concerns that a vote of 216 votes in the House would not happen today,” said Rep. Mark Meadows, (R-N.C.) the Freedom Caucus chairman. Current (2017) members of the group can be seen here. Three Arizonans are on the list — U.S. Reps. Trent Franks (CD-8), Paul Gosar (CD-4) and David Schweikert (CD-6).
The latest news in advance of the vote indicates President Trump wants unwavering support for the replacement health care bill which was scheduled for a vote today. The deadline could be pushed back since Pres. Trump has scheduled an 11:30 a.m. (ET) — 8:30 a.m. AZ Time, meeting with members of the House Freedom Caucus at the White House.
Thursday evening, March 23, 2017:
Testy Trump issues ultimatum on health care vote
Wants vote Friday or else…..
With conservative Republicans not falling in line behind House Speaker Paul Ryan’s supposed “Repeal and Replacement” of Obamacare, Pres. Trump has issued an ultimatum: If he doesn’t get the vote to authorize what many referred to as “Obamacare Lite” — now dubbed “RyanCare,“ he will move on to other issues, such as border security, tax reform and trade. leaving in place the mess he promised to make a priory.
“For seven and a half years, we have been promising to repeal and replace this broken law because it is collapsing and failing families,” Ryan told reporters Thursday evening. “And tomorrow (Friday) we are proceeding.”
Arizona’s CD 8 Rep. Trent Franks, a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus is not supportive of the plan in its current form. He gave this reasoned opinion:
“I always think if there’s any change whatsoever that we can make the bill better than we should never stop negotiations,” he said. “Now there is a time that those negotiations should stop, but let that not be arbitrary let that be on the timetable itself.”
This ad, urging rejection of “RyanCare,“ is an example of a series underwritten by Club For Growth urging several House members who are willing to yield on this crucial matter to rethink their positions.