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Blaming conservatives, Trump signals new openness to Dems


"I don't know that we could pass a Mother's Day resolution right now", Florida Republican lawmaker Matt Gaetz said before offering a doomsday scenario in which Democrats might win enough seats in the 2018 midterm elections to seek Trump's impeachment.

The decision to delay the vote marks an acute embarrassment for the President, but the failure of the GOP plan also puts Ryan in a much-weakened political position.

Brinkley said Trump's failure stood in stark contrast to the master negotiations conducted by presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson, who enjoyed majorities in both houses of Congress and achieved sweeping legislative accomplishments.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer criticized Trump over his handling of the health care bill and said Republicans would face roadblocks from conservatives on other issues.

"Some members wanted to talk about the policy aspect of the bill, and that wasn't something he wanted to talk about", said a Freedom Caucus member who was in the room. Several moderate Republicans and members of the Freedom Caucus vowed not to support it. "I think the losers are Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer because now they own Obamacare".

"He's left everything on the field when it comes to this bill", White House press secretary Sean Spicer said before the vote was pulled. And instead of score-settling leaks, White House aides busied themselves on Sunday insisting a Saturday tweet by President Donald Trump, which was read in many quarters as a jab at House Speaker Paul Ryan, was anything but. Gohmert said he believes the Obamacare repeal bill would have increased governments role in health care, which he feels would have deepened the problem.

"I can tell you right now there's bitterness within our conference, it's going to take time to heal that", Collins said. At the same time, attempts by the Trump administration to appease these conservatives caused more moderate Republicans, such as the Tuesday Group caucus, to withdraw their support of the bill. "It's still not a flawless system by any means, but I'm glad we have it".


"Democrats are smiling in D.C. that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club For Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & Ocare!" the president tweeted Sunday morning, referring to conservative organizations The Club for Growth and The Heritage Foundation that opposed the GOP health care bill.

Priebus said the administration welcomes proposals from the other side of the aisle and that "Democrats can come to the table as well". "He doesn't blame Paul Ryan", Priebus said.

"It does need its fixes, I totally see that", said Inge Hafkemeyer, 57, who credits the law's subsidies for containing her costs as her home-based event-planning business took off in Mission, Kansas, a Kansas City suburb.

"You can not have major changes in major programs affecting things like health care without including Democrats from the very beginning". We always said we'd work with them to improve it. One primary offset in Ryan's plan is a border-adjusted tax that would raise more than $1 trillion over a decade by replacing the 35 percent corporate income tax with a 20 percent levy on companies' domestic sales and imported goods.

Trump now wants to turn to tax reform, an ambitious, complicated plan at the center of his agenda, and he does so wounded by the health care collapse as well as the uncertain legal status of his travel ban and an ongoing federal investigation into possible contacts and coordination between his campaign aides and Russian officials.

It's true, the Trump plan would have changed the Obamacare formula that required insurers to charge older consumers no more than three times what they charge the youngest adults. The Freedom Caucus had too much interest in killing this to send a message to Speaker Ryan: "'You have too much power'". "He's in charge, people want him to make their lives better, not make them worse because of some political anger or vendetta", he said.

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