Blame Is The Name Of The Game In Aftermath Of GOP Health Bill Collapse
There's plenty of finger-pointing to go around and it highlights just how hard it will be for Republicans to move forward on any issues despite having control of both chambers and the White House.
The Associated Press:
Bitter GOP Finger-Pointing Clouds Path For Trump Agenda
President Donald Trump is hoping to drive his priorities forward following the crumbling of the Republican health care bill but GOP finger-pointing is rampant, underscoring how tough it will be to produce the unity the party will need. Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, criticized the contrarian House Freedom Caucus on Monday, a day after resigning from the hard-right group because it helped sink the Republican health care effort. “You can have your principles and then when it comes to voting, you have to compromise to get something passed,” Poe said of the caucus, which has roughly three dozen members. (Yen, 3/27)
Ryan Visits White House Amid Healthcare Rubble
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) met with Vice President Pence and other senior officials at the White House on Monday as they map out a path forward after the disastrous collapse of their healthcare plan. Ryan also spoke briefly with President Trump after meeting with Pence, chief of staff Reince Priebus and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price to discuss their agenda, according to the Speaker’s office. (Fabian, 3/27)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Donald Trump's Allies Target Speaker Paul Ryan For Failure Of Health Care Bill
Conservative media outlets friendly to President Donald Trump are blaming last week's collapse of the GOP health care overhaul bill on House Speaker Paul Ryan, but a spokesman for the Janesville Republican said Monday that the relationship between the speaker and president "is stronger than ever right now." (Spicuzza, 3/27)
Spicer Compares GOP Health Care Bill To A 'Bad Deal'
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Monday likened President Donald Trump’s decision to abandon the House Republican proposal to repeal Obamacare — which Trump had supported — to walking away from a “bad deal.” (Conway, 3/27)
Doris Kearns Goodwin Puts Trump's Health Care Defeat In Historical Perspective
Last week's failure to pass a health care reform bill was a major blow to Donald Trump's young presidency. (Young, 3/27)