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Today on This Union Face Sunday Meet, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) blamed the House Freedom Caucus for the failure of the GOP Wealthcare Act, but Freedom Caucus chair Mike Meadows (R-NC) insisted the bill isn’t dead, saying “We may be in overtime, but I can tell you at the very end of the day, the most valuable player will be President Trump on this because he will deliver. He’s committed to the American people.” Meanwhile, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AK) said the House moved too fast, adding “18 days is simply not enough time for such a major landmark legislation” and Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) called House Republicans’ tactics “pathetic,” adding “Frankly if Republicans quietly over time will reach out to Democrats, find a constructive ones, and you will begin to marginalize the extremes.”
Well in that case, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) offered to help, saying:
We Democrats, provided our Republican colleagues drop replace and stop undermining the ACA, are willing to work with our Republican friends – as long as they say ‘no more repeal.’ We have ideas, they have ideas to try to improve Obamacare. We never said it was perfect, we always said we’d work with them to improve it, we just said repeal was off the table.
President Trump, come on board. Let’s work together. Let’s end the absurdity of Americans paying by far the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs. I’ve introduced legislation that would allow pharmacists and distributors to buy lower-cost medicine from around the world. If Mr. Trump is serious about taking on PhRMA, if Mr. Trump is serious about having Medicare … negotiate prescription drug prices with the pharmaceutical industry, we are going to have very shortly very significant legislation to do just that. I would hope that Mr. Trump would join us and support that legislation.
What do you estimate are the odds that Republicans will really work with Democrats to improve Obamacare?
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