I happen to agree with Congress on this one. I think we may be pushing too hard to repeal Obamacare and are risking implementing a product that may not be much better for the sake of expedience when expedience is not necessary. Patience! Get it right the first time.
House Republican leaders decided Thursday to postpone a floor vote on a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, as President Trump struggled to sway reluctant GOP lawmakers in his first major legislative test, according to The Washington Times.
House leaders announced they would not hold the vote as planned Thursday evening, and would meet at 7 p.m. to discuss strategy. A White House official said the move was merely a delay, and that the vote would be held sometime Friday.
Rep. Mark Meadows, North Carolina Republican and chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, emerged from a two-hour meeting with his group of 30-plus hardline conservatives praising Mr. Trump but saying the offer on the table isn’t good enough. He said it’s better to keep talking than cast votes under a “self-imposed deadline.”
“We have not gotten enough of our member to get to ‘yes’ at this point,” he told a crush of television cameras and reporters inside a House office building.
House Speaker Paul D. Ryan is struggling to wrangle in both the Freedom Caucus, which wants to do kill off more of Obamacare in the bill, and centrists who say the bill is already too draconian. Writing in changes to satisfy one group would likely cost him votes within the other, and he cannot afford to lose more than 22 GOP members.
At the same time House leaders postponed the vote, Mr. Trump was meeting with heads of trucking companies at the White House and promising to fix the nation’s health-care “disaster.”
“It’s going to be very close vote,” Mr. Trump said. “It’s close not because Obamacare is good, it’s close for politics. Everybody knows it’s no good. It’s only politics.”
The president joked that he needed to leave the meeting quickly to round up more lawmakers to support the health-care law.
“I have to get votes,” he told the trucking owners. “I don’t want to spend too much time with you and then lose by one vote. Then I’m going to blame the truckers.”