It appears that President Trump’s plan to repeal Obamacare is facing an uphill battle, since House Republicans have been unable to come up with a healthcare bill that a majority of them can agree on and they were due to vote on it Thursday.
As a result, Trump has issued an ultimatum that he hopes will put them into a more agreeable mood by giving them the choice of approving it or scrapping the plan altogether and moving on to other items on his “to do” list.
Of course this would lay the blame for the failure to reach a workable solution squarely in the laps of House Republicans who then would have to go explain to their constituents why they couldn’t get it done. As well it should.
Zero Hedge explains:
Following a day of narrative twists and turns ahead of what was supposed to be a Thursday night vote to repeal Obamacare, a vote which was pulled in the last moment when over 30 conservative and moderate House republicans threatened to vote against the Ryan/Trump plan, Trump has had enough with the Freedom Caucus dissenters and has issued an informal ultimatum: vote to repeal Obamacare on Friday or Obamacare stays.
Trump is demanding a vote Friday in the House on the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said according to Reuters. If the bill fails, Trump is prepared to move on and leave Obamacare in place the budget director added.
Mulvaney told the GOP conference that Trump wants a vote on Friday during a dramatic closed-door meeting, according to a GOP source in the room. If the vote fails, Trump will move on to other priorities and ObamaCare will stay as the law of the land, Mulvaney said.
There were last-minute changes being considered to the bill. But it was unclear whether the House of Representatives would be able to pass it, said North Carolina Congressman Mark Meadows, the chairman of a group of conservatives known as the Freedom Caucus, which has been critical of the bill. “I’m still optimistic” about reaching an agreement, Meadows told reporters.
Having met with Paul Ryan on Thursday evening, Trump’s right hand man Steve Bannon told reporters after the House Republican conference that he expects lawmakers to vote Friday on the health-care bill. When asked if he’s confident there’s enough votes for passage: “We’re going to vote and we’ll see.”
Trump appears to be confident that the vote will go his way but if not, he knows that the stalemate won’t be over any time soon. He’s prepared to move on to other issues on his agenda and wait out the Republican turncoats who may face being replaced in the next election for their failing to repeal Obamacare.
Trump knows it’ll get done eventually but it may not be with the current crop of Republicans!
Source: Zero Hedge