Republicans To Try Another Obamacare Vote Next Week

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In an otherwise quiet day on the political front, moments ago Bloomberg dropped the surprising news of the day with a report that House Republicans are considering another try next week at passing the health-care bill they abruptly pulled last Friday in an embarrassing setback to their efforts to repeal Obamacare.

Speaking to Bloomberg, two Republicans said that leaders are discussing holding a vote, even staying into the weekend if necessary, although it was unclear what changes would be made to the GOP’s health bill. The ray of hope for Trump and Ryan is that members of the Freedom Caucus, which was instrumental in derailing the bill, have been talking with some Republican moderate holdouts in an effort to identify changes that could bring them on board with the measure. 

A renewed attempt to pass Obamacare repeal would come after President Trump and Republican leaders in Congress said they would move on to issues like a tax overhaul in the wake of last week’s drama, when the long-awaited bill was pulled 30 minutes ahead of a scheduled floor vote. Asked if the GOP health bill will come up again, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said, "Yes. As soon as we figure it out and get the votes."

Quoted by Bloomberg, Kevin McCarthy said nothing is currently scheduled and didn’t indicate how leadership would resolve divisions between the Freedom Caucus and moderates in the so-called Tuesday Group. "Lot of people are talking," he said. "Lot of people are working."

Meanwhile, Paul Ryan is encouraging members to continue talking to each other about health care to “get to a place of yes” on a plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, according to his spokeswoman AshLee Strong. She didn’t have any updates on the timing on a future vote. House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, a North Carolina Republican, has been negotiating with colleagues on a compromise.

“There’s a real commitment among members he’s been speaking with to not give up and move expeditiously toward a path forward,” his spokeswoman, Alyssa Farah, said. “But he doesn’t want to constrain himself to artificial deadlines like ‘before recess.’”


The discussion of a new vote comes with House Republican leaders and other key lawmakers leery of playing up talk of a redo. To set such expectations -- only to again not have a vote occur -- could be even more awkward for members when they leave Washington next week for a two-week recess.

That said, republicans appear to be making the same mistake again, and withholding information from the rank and file: "other Republicans said they’re unaware of any plans to act on health care, and the remaining disagreements on the measure could be very difficult to resolve."

"I haven’t heard anything as to what leadership is doing," said RepresentativeWalter Jones of North Carolina. "The issue is very complex."


Multiple House Republicans said they’ve heard from constituents who want to still repeal the Affordable Care Act and hope the issue isn’t dead.


"I’m very optimistic we can get something done in the real near future. And when I say in the near future, it may be two weeks, it may be a month," said Representative Robert Aderholt of Alabama. "I do think it will come up again, the question is when. The form will have to change some," said Representative Morgan Griffith of Virginia, adding that there remains a strong desire among conservative activists to undo the law. "If both the Freedom Caucus and the Tuesday Group can agree on some things, then we’re in good shape," he said.


He said failing to achieve meaningful change would hurt Republicans in 2018. "If we just sit up here and play tiddlywinks, it’ll hurt us," he said.

If Republicans are serious about a second attempt, they have to hurry: the House is scheduled to begin a two-week recess starting April 7, and Republicans would like to return home having passed their health-care measure. Even so, it would mark quite a turnaround for a measure that had been declared dead.

Greg Walden, a Republican from Oregon and former Energy and Commerce Committee chairman, went downright religious on Tuesday.  

“We’re approaching the Easter season," he said. "Some things rise from the dead.”

While we applaud Walden's optimism, which has also led to a record outpouring of animal spirits and a historic split between "hard" and "soft" economic data, it is time for the GOP to bring some tangible results, and reincarnating Obamacare repeal from the dead would be a good place to start.

Finally, it is unclear how fast the market narrative would have to change again: recall that after last Friday, it was suddenly spun as "bullish" that the GOP failed to pass its healthcare law, instead  allowing "Trump to focus" only on tax reform. However, we are confident that the power of the narrative will shine through again, and no matter the outcome, it will once again lead to a new all time highs for stocks even as the Fed itself is now warning that stocks appear just a little "frothy."

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crossroaddemon's picture

This is hilarious...

NugginFuts's picture

If it's the exact same bill, they should all be fired.

It's dead, Jim. Let it stay dead. 

spastic_colon's picture

this is what you do when you run out of market moving jawboning..........its just like hollywood, do a remake for 1000th time with new lighting and maybe no one will notice.

froze25's picture

Still waiting for a remake of Goonies.

spastic_colon's picture

it was remade into a reality show called 2009

FrozenGoodz's picture

Oh god again? No no no ... for the sake of our 401k's move on

greenskeeper carl's picture

I'm still trying to wrap my head around why the need to 'repeal and replace' exists. If it's a shitty and unpopular law that gave more power to government, can't the allegedly anti Obamacare and pro limited government republican controlled legislature just repeal it and be done with it like they did symbolically countless times when they knew they had no chance of actually getting it done?

As I've said a hundred times before, these people are all useless and weren't prepared to be in charge. They were only prepared to fold like lawn chairs to all of killerys demands while begging their constituents to donate moar money to help them fight back. What a scam.

PrayingMantis's picture


>>> ... "Republicans To Try Another Obamacare Vote Next Week"

      ... a definition comes to mind ...

... "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." ~ Albert Einstein


... methinks ... this is only IMHO ... and only an opinion, folks ... rather than criticize those who are more knowledgeable and who believe they could keep trying to force the same issues ...

... rather than forcing federal health care insurance on her citizens, the US federal admin could instead set up some uniform federal guidelines ONLY for the States like:
a. setup and administration by each of the States using the uniform national federal basic standards,
b. the feds will provide funding support for smaller States or any State that would need it based on some criteria the feds could impose,
c. the feds will support delivery of health services by the State to specific groups (veterans, military, inmates, legal refugees, etc.) and
d. the feds via both Houses pass laws to regulate the costs of pharmaceutical products and medical devices to prevent or avoid price-gouging and over-pricing ...

 ... then the feds will pass the public administration and setup of the above guidelines to each of the States.  This will ensure that the bigger and financially-well-off States wouldn't pass their burden to their smaller fellow States.  The States would then in turn try to manage their own health care system based on their financial welfare, their own population and their own medical and financial needs.  The States (not the feds) would also negotiate from health insurance providers different aspects of additional health care provisions that would be optionally offered through company employer benefit plans for those extra coverages based on each individual's needs.

... the Obumboclotcare or its pseudo-counterpart RyanRhinocare are both akin to the lion's tail trying to wag the lion ... the United States (the lion in this case), with all their differing opinions, wants and needs would continue to have a different opinion, wants and/or needs when it comes to their own constituents' health care needs.  The feds should get out of it and give the health care administration and provision to the States.

It's better to let the States drive each of their own health care plans rather than the Feds forcing them to take their own pill.


Smufty's picture

Doubt they will do anything.  GOP too busy with bills that allow Comcast and others to sell their customers internet search history to the highest bidders. What a party of ass clowns!

HopefulCynical's picture

Goddamn FUCK PAUL RYNO! These GOPe choads think they can just keep jamming their shitty health care "reform" up our assholes until we unpucker. Guess again.

Hail Spode's picture

It is called "Controlled Opposition". The Democrats are there to initiate change and the Republicans are there to absorb the time, money, votes, and political energy of those who want to go the other way. The Republicans are by design not supposed to do anything. The Democrats move the ball and the Republican's job when they get in is to BE INERT. Do not move anything back. Just occupy space and have mass until the Democrats get back in to renew the push. When it comes time to try them, I am tempted to move for a change to the constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment. I am sure my fellow ZHers could come up with some ideas that would be both extremely cruel and highly unusual! It would be hard to move beyond the punishment demanded by justice however.

Ricki13th's picture

They reboot It from Stephen King's novel and it does look half bad. I'm sure I will be wrong though.

froze25's picture

I used to cross out the date on my homework and write a new on one on it and hand it in and still got credit. It might work here.

chunga's picture

I support firing them either way.

Devin Nunes Could Be Facing an Ethics Probe for Spilling Secrets

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yogibear's picture

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results”.

TwelveOhOne's picture

"Stop. Investigating. Us!!!1eleven!1!"

NDXTrader's picture

"A few Republicans" - Guess who? McCain and Graham, the bosom buddies. They don't count anymore

SilverRoofer's picture

If it is the same bill 

It's shit not what the public voted for

GUS100CORRINA's picture

The republicans must have read the ZH headline "Obamacare 'Explosion' Could Come On May 22nd, Here's Why"

They probably all soiled their underware when they realized that another 20,000 BABIES WERE SLAUGHTERED this week under OBAMACARE and they themselves will be held to account by GOD!!!!

I guess there is a lot more to this HEALTHCARE bill than just the MONEY! 

hoyeru's picture

if Ggod is GOD, he would be able to make those babes whole again and be human, wouldn't he? Unless he really doesnt want to or doesnt have the power.

GUS100CORRINA's picture

What the Christian Faith teaches is that those babies are in HEAVEN with GOD. 

However, while the babies are safe in the hands of GOD, the nation is NOT. There are two aspects to consider: 1) Personal Salvation and 2) National Behavior. It is one thing for an individual to make a bad choice, but it is another matter all together for a Nation to legalize and subsidize murder. GOD does and will judge nations and it will not be pretty.

I will end the discussion at this point. Below are some websites that contain sobering statistics. America is in a bad place as far as the Almighty is concerned. That is why this healthcare bill is so very important because it begins to address BAD, IMMORAL national behavior.


rudyspeaks's picture

"those babies are in HEAVEN with GOD."  You stupid mouth-breather, you, like most "Christians" have NEVER read the Bible! When you die,real Christians believe, you "slumber in your grave" until "Judgement Day" (you must have tripped over that phrase?), when Gabriel blows his trumpet, the dead rise and THAT is when your final judgement is made. That's from the fu--ing BIBLE...where'd you get your silly superstition, a Disney movie?

Takeaction2's picture
Takeaction2 (not verified) crossroaddemon Mar 29, 2017 2:43 PM

Just paid my $849.00 (Monthly)  again is sad. least I can use my credit card...and I earn yeah  $16.98 in my pocket BITCHEZ....oh....wait....

Bill of Rights's picture

Keep paying thats hilarious.

Max Cynical's picture

Voting on a straight repeal is beneficial in several ways...nobody will have to take responsibility for "tax cuts for the rich" and they won't be crucified for any fallout from the aftermath of a repeal i.e. insurance companies dropping coverage (which they won't) or cutting funding for medicaid.

All they will need to say is "that was part of "Obamacare".

If they do pass some sort of a comprehensive bill, then they're on the hook for all their shitty assumptions and the unintended consequences.

hound dog vigilante's picture




Idiotic waste of time.  Ryan is clearly a puppet taking orders from someone somewhere, as no rational 'leader' would suggest another vote on this HORRIBLE bill... not next week, not ever.


Bye bye, Mr. Ryan.  You were the GOP's version of Obama - all promise, zero results.

bmore's picture

Liberals, democrats, progressives, gop, republicans, conservatives, ALL the same scumsucking filth.

chunga's picture

Congress is exempt from this swamp-care bullsit I believe. That should change first this tomorrow morning.

california chrome's picture

Why don't they repeal Obamacare and start with a clean slate the way Ryan was fighting to do for years?!

Only the Freedom Caucus posses a modicum of integrity.

What a tribe of liars.

crossroaddemon's picture

Are you posing that as a serious question? Because the answers are obvious.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) california chrome Mar 29, 2017 3:00 PM

It was all theater.

Fuck those people in WI who sent this traitor back.

Potato Farmer's picture

And while you're at it, what about those fools in Arizona who voted McCain back in?

Don't get me started.

corporatewhore's picture

Reminds me of a property tax "for the children" campaigns for public schools.  No amount of money is ever enough.  Constant campaigns until the other side capitulates from sheer exhaustion.

hound dog vigilante's picture


I love that old cannard... more $$$ = better education.


Practically all empirical evidence contradicts the very basis for their FSA campaign.

slightlyskeptical's picture

Single payer for all. 10% of paycheck offset by a reduction in income tax by the same amount.


spastic_colon's picture

heres hoping the mid-terms clean out both parties and make room for a new one.

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

meh, should be interesting.  People's memories are short though.

GunnerySgtHartman's picture

I'd like to see them add the provision which allows purchases across state lines - which effectively flips the bird at state insurance commissioners and helps the consumer at the same time.

crossroaddemon's picture

Big fallacy here. The ACA has language allowing for interstate insurance sale. The insurance companies don't do it because who wants to fuck with all the interstate regulations? Unless the federal .gov is going to step in and unify all that shit, there will be no insterstate sale of insurance.

GunnerySgtHartman's picture

The ACA's means for allowing interstate insurance sale is a joke.  Abolish the state-mandated coverages and allow people to buy what they want from whereever they want.  People can buy cars, clothes, all sorts of things across state lines - why should health insurance be any different (aside from the power grab by state legislatures and insurance commissioners)?

crossroaddemon's picture

Depends on how you feel about the fed .gov sticking it's nose it states business.

hound dog vigilante's picture


Well done.


Interstate competition for health insurance would resolve 40-50% of US healthcare's problems & bring cost back in-line w/ inflation.


Until interstate competition for health insurance is sanctioned, we KNOW the pols are not serious about healthcare... their legislation is written by the insurance industry - no thanks.

ipso_facto's picture

'Until interstate competition for health insurance is sanctioned, we KNOW the pols are not serious about healthcare...'

What about federalism?  There's nothing in the Constitution that gives the federal government jurisdiction over healthcare vis a vis the states.

Potato Farmer's picture

You're telling me that the insurance companies don't make enough money to hire some people to figure that all out and write policies accordingly?

You can't be serious.

slightlyskeptical's picture

That would put the insurance companies under the Commerce Act. They already have the ability to sell interstate but prefer state regulation to federal which is why no one has done so. Time to find something different than the state to state thing. .


GunnerySgtHartman's picture

It's no wonder they prefer state regulation - they can charge higher prices under state regulation.  Remove state regulation and they will be forced to compete.

crossroaddemon's picture

Again, it depends on your take on federal vs state powers.