Failure on health bill also hurts prospects for tax overhaul 

STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans’ failure to repeal Barack Obama’s health care law deals a serious blow to another big part of President Donald Trump’s agenda: tax reform. Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., say they will soon turn their attention to the first major re-write of the tax code […]

Many governors welcome demise of GOP health care bill 

GEOFF MULVIHILL, Associated Press CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — Governors of both parties had warned Congress for weeks that the Republican health care bill threatened to saddle their states with big costs and potentially leave millions of people without coverage, especially because of the cutbacks planned to Medicaid. The bill’s withdrawal on Friday left in […]

House sets risky health care vote after Trump demands it 

ALAN FRAM, Associated Press RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In a gamble with monumental political stakes, Republicans set course for a climactic House vote on their health care overhaul after President Donald Trump claimed he was finished negotiating with GOP holdouts and determined to pursue the rest of his agenda, win or lose. […]

BREAKING NEWS: House Republican leadership postpones health care vote for lack of votes

Washington, March 23 – The House Republican leadership postponed the vote on the Trump administration’s proposal to repeal and replace the Obama care legislation. The postponement occurred because the leadership lacked the necessary votes to pass the bill. A confidential source inside House Majority Whip Steve Scalise’s office told The Golden Hammer that the GOP was […]

Leaders need votes for health bill on eve of House showdown 

ALAN FRAM, Associated Press RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Republican legislative priority in peril, President Donald Trump dangled possible changes to the health care bill Wednesday aimed at placating conservatives threatening to torpedo the legislation. The White House seemed to make progress with the hardliners while House leaders struggled with moderates […]

Three GOP House Freedom Caucus members bravely vote “no” on health care replacement, bill still passes out of House Budget Committee

ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Budget Committee voted narrowly Thursday to advance the troubled Republican health care bill, with defections by three GOP conservatives underscoring the obstacles party leaders face in maneuvering to avoid a stinging setback to their showpiece legislation. The vote was 19-17, with Democrats unanimously voting no. Had one more Republican joined […]

Ryan’s gambit: Second health care bill to woo the reluctant 

RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are working on a companion to their bill replacing “Obamacare,” a legislative second act that would ease cross-state sale of health insurance and limit jury awards for pain and suffering in malpractice lawsuits. The problem: the so-called “sidecar” bill lacks the votes […]

Republicans set low expectations for health bill cost study 

HOPE YEN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans pushing a plan to dismantle Barack Obama’s health care law are bracing for a Congressional Budget Office analysis widely expected to conclude that fewer Americans will have health coverage under the proposal, despite President Donald Trump’s promise of “insurance for everybody.” House Speaker Paul Ryan said he […]

President Trump meets with Congressman Brady, other House committee chairmen responsible for clearing health care overhaul

Washington, March 10 – President Donald Trump met with the House chairmen and women whose committees are aiding the drive to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Trump thanked the leaders for their devotion, leadership and diligent work in shepherding Republican health care legislation through their panels. Both the Ways and Means Committee and the Energy and Commerce Committee cleared the legislation earlier […]

Follow Senator Cruz’s formula for healthcare repeal (with one twist)

Three weeks ago, United States Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) called for the repeal of Obamacare first and then a deliberative and rational discussion about an appropriate healthcare finance system to replace the failed program. “What I think is critical at the outset is that we honor the promise we’ve made to voters for six years running […]