In a conference call with donors after pulling the AHCA, Ryan said that health care reform was not dead and that a new bill is being drafted.
The proposed Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act - which the GOP has bitterly opposed since former President Barack Obama signed it into law in 2010 - was killed on Friday after President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan failed to drum up enough party support for the bill. "We are going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future".
"Let's just, for a moment, breathe a sigh of relief for the American people that the Affordable Care Act was not repealed", said House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-6th Dist.), who led the floor fight against the GOP bill as the top Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. "It depends on if they take a good path or a bad path", he said in an interview.
The House Freedom Caucus has no official list of members, but the group is chaired by Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C.
Republicans have viable ideas to address these issues, including high-risk insurance pools and capping the tax exclusion that companies get for providing employees with health insurance. And they've offered mixed messages on what comes next.
President Donald Trump initially reacted to Friday's failure by saying he was ready to move on to other priorities such as tax reform.
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Following the failure, attributed majorly to push back from the House Freedom Caucus, Trump and members of the Republican establishment have set sights on eliminating conservative obstructionism. He wrote that they snatched "defeat from the jaws of victory".
Ryan said House Republicans were determined to use the next version of the repeal bill, like the first version, as a vehicle to cut off federal funds for Planned Parenthood clinics.
When he was asked about a timeline for repeal ― health insurers will begin making decisions about offering plans in the next couple of months ― Ryan said he couldn't lock into an "artificial timeline" because health care was "too important to not get right".
But the Senate GOP's No. 2 leader, John Cornyn of Texas, showed little appetite to plunge ahead. "We have the existing law in place and we'll just have to see how that works", he said, applauding Trump and Ryan for their effort but lamenting that it came up short.
A CBS News poll released Wednesday said 49 percent of Americans blamed the bill's demise on its unpopularity. He needs to either unify Republicans, or he's going to need to form coalitions that include Democrats.
One Republican keen on a health care compromise is veteran Sen. "I want us to become a unified majority", Ryan told reporters. The Senate plans to consider Gorsuch next week. But Republicans must overcome internal differences on that issue too, including whether to impose taxes on imports to encourage manufacturers to produce products domestically and whether the measure should drive up deficits.