“I know that we’re all going to make a deal on healthcare. And that’s such an easy one,” Trump told the crowd, calling such a deal “a very good thing.”
“I think it’s going to happen because we’ve all been promising — Democrat, Republican — we’ve been promising that to the American people,” he said.
Senate Republicans and many White House officials, however, sounded ready to abandon efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare, despite insistence from Trump and House Republicans that they were not ready to give up.
The intraparty dispute came in the wake of last Friday’s collapse of healthcare legislation in the House, a GOP humiliation at the climactic moment of seven years of promises to get rid of former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., made his views clear after a closed-door lunch with fellow Senate Republicans and Vice President Mike Pence.
“It’s pretty obvious we were not able, in the House, to pass a replacement. Our Democratic friends ought to be pretty happy about that because we have the existing law in place, and I think we’re just going to have to see how that works out,” McConnell said. “We believe it will not work out well, but we’ll see.”
“I want to thank the president and the speaker, they went all out to try to pass repeal and replacement. Sorry that didn’t work,” McConnell added.
White House legislative affairs director Marc Short also emerged from the Senate GOP lunch indicating the administration was moving on despite President Donald Trump’s promises as a candidate to immediately get rid of Obama’s law.
“We understand there’s probably members in Congress who feel like ‘Look, we probably need to revisit this, and we need to make an effort to get it done,’ and if that’s the case, if the legislation reaches the president’s desk, I’m sure he’ll look to sign it,” Short told The Associated Press. “But at this time, at this time today, there are other things that we have on our priority list that we’re moving on to.”
Hey folks, it appears that everyone is interpreting this wrong. The legislation didn’t fail, as no one voted on it…..the bill was pulled before a vote, therefore that’s not failure.