President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress lurched between repealing Obamacare or rewriting the USA tax code as their top priority, with House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday dampening White House hopes for a quick vote on healthcare legislation.
Similarly, some moderates whose opposition was also instrumental in the legislation's failure expressed cautious optimism that the White House offer would produce results.
The Kentucky senator and White House budget director Mick Mulvaney planned to discuss healthcare and other topics, said White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham. "Well, if there's $400 billion of new ones in [Speaker Paul D. Ryan's] plan, why not leave $400 billion of Obamacare in place", Paul said.
Conservatives might be willing to support that because they would avoid voting for a bill that creates something new, Paul said.
"Talks on Repealing and Replacing ObamaCare are, and have been, going on, and will continue until such time as a deal is hopefully struck", he tweeted Sunday before the golf match. "They either keep banging hard enough that they get the votes for it kind of as is, or we take a new approach", Paul said.
"I don't believe that it is very productive for the Trump White House to attack Republicans, and I think that is reflected in how his job performance and personal popularity numbers have been on the decline since he did that", said the congressman, who had just left a meeting hosted by Sen. "They are negotiating as we speak", Trump told the FT. "And, as I said, you would think even Congress should be able to put together a piece of legislation that more than 17% of our fellow citizens like". There was no reason to take a vote.
In a recent meeting with the editorial board of the Washington Examiner, members of the hardline conservative voting bloc said they want four main Affordable Care Act regulations repealed: The individual mandate, the employer mandate, the essential health benefits that stipulate what services health plans must cover and the "community rating" rule, which limits the factors insurers can use when setting premiums.
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"We had a great day with the president". Now, it will be in one form or another.
Republicans have two options on moving forward with repealing and replacing Obamacare according to Paul.
"And if we don't get the ..."
He said he would prefer if the Freedom Caucus came onboard, because Democrats are totally against the proposal.
The Republican Party's slim majority in the Senate means it will need support from at least a few Democrats in order to pass a funding measure.
For years, as he contemplated a presidential run, Trump criticized President Barack Obama for his golf outings, but in the 10 weeks since taking office, the former real-estate developer and reality TV star has played on his own courses numerous times. Trump tweeted early on Sunday.