Republicans can pretend all they want. Health-care reform is still dead

Chuck Schumer did a round of Sunday shows to say he was willing to work with the White House on Obamacare replacement- but that repeal is not on the agenda

"I'm not going to put a timeline on it because this is too important to not get right and to put an artificial timeline on it".

White House officials are signalling a renewed focus on job creation, taxes and the administration's push to win confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, a bright spot for the president.

Republican lawmakers, conservatives and moderates alike, emerged from Tuesday's meeting saying there was a consensus to address the issue again, preferably soon. "Once those things are done, we Democrats are more than happy to sit down together and come up with ways to make the law work better".

Meanwhile, a member of the Freedom Caucus says he will force the House to vote on a full repeal of Obama's health care law in a month if the chamber hasn't acted to roll back the statute.

Ryan said Tuesday that any provision to "defund" Planned Parenthood didn't belong in the catchall measure, while Senate GOP leaders like Roy Blunt of Missouri made clear they'd like to avoid a showdown over Trump's border wall, which is loathed by Democrats and disliked by some Republicans as well. But Democrats insist they stand open to bipartisan work to improve Obama's law.

Freshman Rep. Brian Mast (R-Fla.) said he told the conference that he wanted to give a "boot in the backside" to the challenges that Republicans face in repealing Obamacare (though he may have used more colorful language when speaking to members behind closed doors).

"We're looking at all kinds of options to get to yes", said Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., the caucus chairman. The replacement bill would still leave 24 million more Americans without insurance after a decade, a major worry for moderate Republicans. "I think he would like to get it done".

Convincing Congress to pass meaningful tax reform may be just as hard, and after the health care loss the White House may look across the aisle for some votes. And they've offered mixed messages on what comes next.

President Donald Trump said Friday that because the House didn't pass its health care overhaul last week, he would abandon the effort and transition to other policy priorities.

Trump tweeted Monday night that the "Freedom Caucus was able to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory".

"We're just going to have to see how that works out", the Kentucky Republican said.

A CBS News poll released Wednesday said 49 percent of Americans blamed the bill's demise on its unpopularity. He was not about moving in the direction of consumer-based health care.

Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) said Ryan had a good message Tuesday morning of bringing the conference together and working out their differences. Specifically, the bill, which has five GOP co-sponsors, would let states maintain the ACA or use the law's funding stream to help people buy health insurance with tax credits and health savings accounts, a popular conservative approach. We don't want a government-run health care system. He said there were no plans in the Senate to visit the issue.

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