Growing majority doesn't want repeal of Affordable Care Act

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The page, entitled "Providing Relief Right Now for Patients", goes through various regulatory changes being implemented at HHS to the ACA and its programs. He was not about moving in the direction of consumer-based health care. "Every major piece of legislation needs adjustment; now is the time to fix and strengthen the Affordable Care Act, not repeal and replace it".

"That's such an easy one, so I have no doubt that's that's going to happen very quickly", Trump said during brief remarks to welcome Senators and their spouses to a bipartisan reception featuring the U.S. Army Chorus. Even if all 193 Democrats join Brooks' longshot effort, another 22 Republicans would have to join Democrats to force a vote - which is highly unlikely given their perception of repeal as a poison pill.

If President Donald Trump is serious about providing health care for all Americans, he could start by enforcing the law. Using that measure would scuttle the party's separate plans to begin their work overhauling the tax code, which leaders had previously said would rely on a 2018 reconciliation measure.

Last Friday, Republican leaders' effort to repeal and replace Obamacare fell apart when President Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan decided not to bring the long-awaited bill to a House vote. "And in the meantime we're going to do all of our other work that we came here to do", Ryan said Tuesday after a long meeting with the Republican conference. Did it go too far in rolling back popular aspects of President Barack Obama's landmark health-care law - as moderate Republicans decided?

'Trying to make it look like he was being utterly serious at the time is a bit of a stretch, ' he said.

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Despite the desire of House Republican leaders and the Freedom Caucus to continue pursuing some kind of healthcare reform down the road, the New York Republican reiterated Mr. Trump's desire to move on from the issue.

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.

Asked if he saw any signs that members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus might be willing to compromise, he said: "I don't want us to become a factionalized majority. If we can provide one of the biggest middle class tax cuts in the history of this country, I think that's important", Priebus said.

It's regrettable that none of these ideas were seriously considered in the rush to repeal Obamacare. Keeping Planned Parenthood and the border wall out of the spending bill would greatly improve its chances to get necessary Democratic votes in the Senate, although conservatives in both chambers might object. "We are going to move on with rest of our agenda, keep that on track, while we work the health care problem", he said. "Once those things are done, we Democrats are more than happy to sit down together and come up with ways to make the law work better".