House Speaker Paul Ryan suggested Thursday that he distrusted a bipartisan approach to health care.
In an interview with CBS “This Morning,” Ryan said he was concerned that if the Republican House conference failed to get a healthcare bill passed, President Donald Trump would go ahead and work with Democrats.
“What worries me about Norah is that if we don’t do this, he will just work with the Democrats to try to change Obamacare, and that’s not a conservative thing,” Ryan told CBS.
“This is a president who can do, who is a businessman and wants to do things. I know he wants to do things with the Republican Congress, but if this Republican Congress allows the perfect to be the enemy of the good, I am concerned that Let’s push the president to work with the Democrats. He’s been suggesting that too. “
Ryan also told reporter Norah O’Donnell that he and House Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi “see things very differently” and that he has not reached out to gain bipartisan support for the American Health Act, the legislation Ryan pulled from what appeared to be. a failed floor vote last week.
Trump told reporters on Friday after the AHCA defeat that the bill did not have any Democratic support. Since then, he has suggested that, in the future, a bipartisan approach may be the best way to get a health plan through Congress.
Ryan also told CBS that despite the AHCA’s initial failure, Republicans still want to repeal and replace Obamacare.
“About 90% of our members are in favor of this bill, and we are not going to give up after seven years of grappling with this, after executing a plan for the entire past year, translating that plan into legislation, which It is what it is, “Ryan said.
The AHCA was introduced earlier this month, and the Republican Party did not have a cohesive plan to replace Obamacare previously, although Ryan, Trump and many other Republicans had come up with rough proposals.
The AHCA encountered an intraparty divide among members of the GOP House of Representatives, as conservative lawmakers in the House Freedom Caucus felt the bill didn’t go far enough, while Republicans Moderates opposed changes in Medicaid funding and the possibility of large losses of insurance coverage for Americans.
Ryan said the leadership is still focused on addressing those issues, with input from the Republican conference.
“We are listening to people and if we can make improvements to this bill, so much the better,” Ryan said. “If you can make improvements to this legislation that make people say yes, that’s great.”
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