Mar 30, 2017 06:23 PM EDT
Trump administration's fight for healthcare reform is not yet dead. Even though the move to ratify ObamaCare suffered defeat when the GOP declined to vote, the debate isn't over yet. The House Freedom Caucus admits that the Trump healthcare will still push to repeal and replace the ObamaCare.
After a chaotic week and the subsequent failure of Trump healthcare bill, the legislative battle for other measures begin, The Hill reported. According to Freedom Caucus chairman Mark Meadows, they will push other priorities such as the tax reform. When there is an opportune time, they will revive the debate on healthcare.
Meadows said that although they dealt a defeat at the House, the Trump healthcare reform isn't over. The Republicans will have to revisit the party and pin a common consensus. Meadows stressed that the healthcare reform is simply overdue but Trump will utilize his cards at the end of the day. After all, Trump promised the healthcare reform so he will deliver, he added.
To recall, Trump subtly "attacked" his support groups including the Club for Growth, Heritage Action, and House Freedom Caucus. Trump tweeted that they derail from the original promise to the American people. The president stressed that these Republicans promised to topple the Planned Parenthood and ObamaCare. However, they themselves refused to vote for Trump healthcare at the end of the game.
Meadows said that he himself is full of self-criticism for Trump's party. He said that he could have rather spent more effort in convincing some Democrats to get consensus. Even the Tuesday Group could have played a vital vote had they been convinced to support Trump healthcare
Meanwhile, Republican Senator Mike Lee said that the Trump healthcare reform is not really a reform in the first place, supporting the Reuters/Ipsos poll. This indicates why even Republicans are hesitant to totally back the bill. Lee argued that ObamaCare's flaw is the cost. Putting it alongside Trump's healthcare version, Americans can see that it did not bring the cost down.
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