With the defeat of the Trump administration’s health care bill last week, it’s safe to assume there’s no clear direction the US health care industry will take. Shortly after the Republican health care replacement bill was pulled before an official vote on March 24, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan held a press conference saying
“Moving from an opposition party to a governing party comes with growing pains. And well, we’re feeling those growing pains today. We came really close today, but we came up short. I spoke to the President, just a little while ago and I told him that the best thing I think to do is to pull this bill and he agreed with that decision. I will not sugar-coat this, this is a disappointing day for us. Doing big things is hard.”
But where do we stand on what will happen next?
Is the repeal of the ACA still supported?
When Tom Price, Health and Human Services Secretary, was repeatedly asked if the Trump Administration still supports the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, no clear-cut answer was given. “We find ourselves right now in a position that the current system is not working” Price stated at a March 29 House subcommittee hearing. It’s not the first time Republicans have sent mixed signals about the fate of Obamacare. President Trump has recently started saying he’s willing to work with democrats on the issue of healthcare.
US Speaker opposed to working with democrats
In complete opposition to Trumps idea, House Speaker Paul Ryan stated he opposes working with Democrats on health care in an interview with “CBS This Morning” that aired March 30. “If the Republican Congress allows the perfect to be the enemy of the good, I worry we’ll push the president into working with Democrats. He’s been suggesting that as much,” Ryan stated, adding that simply fixing Obamacare is “hardly a conservative thing.”
Just two days before Paul Ryan’s statement, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer stated Trump is serious about working with Democrats when asked by reporters. “Starting Friday afternoon through late yesterday, Trump has received a number of calls, as well as other members of the senior staff that have been working on healthcare, from members of both sides saying that they would like to work together, offer up ideas and have suggestions about how to come to a resolution on this and get a House vote on this.”
Will a new bill be introduced?
On Saturday night, Trump took his twitter stating “ObamaCare will explode and we will all get together and piece together a great healthcare plan for THE PEOPLE. Do not worry!” So… I guess we’ll wait for more tweets to see what’s next?