C.E. Dyer reports that conservative groups have expressed frustration over the current repeal and replace situation happening in Congress. But according to reports, President Trump is not open to a full-on overhaul of the bill the GOP has put forward.
The Daily Caller reported:
President Trump will not be “receptive” to a “wholesale replacement” of Republicans’ current proposed healthcare bill, a White House official speaking on background told The Daily Caller.
The official said the White House wasn’t entirely surprised when conservative political groups like Heritage Action, Americans for Prosperity and Club for Growth came out against the American Health Care Act, expressing hope that certain “tweaks” to the bill will win over skeptical conservatives, as long as they don’t expect too much […]
Some Republican congressman have criticized the proposed bill, calling instead for separate legislation that they say more fully repeals Obamacare. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and House Freedom Caucus member Jim Jordan recently announced plans to introduce separate healthcare legislation.
The White House official conceded that some conservative concerns about the bill won’t be addressed, noting “the nature of legislative negotiation.”
“If some of these groups want a wholesale replacement of the bill, that’s not going to happen,” the official noted. “President Trump wouldn’t be receptive to that.”
On Thursday, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan made similar comments when he noted that the AHCA is “the closest we will ever get to repealing and replacing Obamacare.”
Trump and several White House staffers, including Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway, Chief of Staff Reince Preibus, and Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, held a meeting on Wednesday with leaders of conservative groups to discuss the healthcare bill.
— Dan Scavino Jr. (@Scavino45) March 8, 2017
Trump and staff reportedly met with leaders from the Heritage Foundation, Heritage Action for America, Americans for Prosperity, Tea Party Patriots, Club for Growth, and FreedomWorks.
On Thursday, Trump also tweeted about the healthcare bill: “Despite what you hear in the press, healthcare is coming along great. We are talking to many groups and it will end in a beautiful picture!”
Trump also had GOP lawmakers over to the White House for a little bowling and discussion about the healthcare bill, reportedly in an effort to shore up support.