It’s decision day, maybe. Today the president will continue his push with house republicans to get a positive vote for the new health care bill. The question now is will this actually get to a vote today. At last report the vote was expected to begin about 7 PM, but some media say the Republicans haven’t set a time for the vote yet.
Here’s how it’s playing out,including an editorial by speaker Paul Ryan in todays’ Wall Street Journal:
The Atlantic: The Salesman in Chief Goes All In on Health Care
It’s not exactly controversial to note that, when it comes to health-care policy, the president of the United States doesn’t know his ear from his elbow. His comment last month that “Nobody knew health care could be so complicated!” was, by Trumpian standards, an impressively frank admission of ignorance—not merely of the U.S. health care system itself, but of several decades of political attempts to tame the beast.
Breitbart: Last Call: Donald Trump Plans White House Meeting with the Freedom Caucus on Health Care Bill
President Donald Trump continues to court members the Conservative House Freedom Caucus, pushing them to support the House-led bill to replace Obamacare.
The president has scheduled a meeting with members of the caucus at the White House, just hours before the bill is scheduled for a vote. Trump wants to make a deal, appearing willing to make last minute changes to woo conservatives to support the measure.
RealClearPolitics: Republicans Mired in Division Ahead of Health Care Vote
Republicans control the White House and Congress, and yet the civil war that has come to define the party over the past several years rages on.
Donald Trump’s election in November was supposed to be the final puzzle piece Republicans needed to tackle reforms they championed—namely, repealing and replacing Obamacare. Now, faced with the first real chance of rolling back the law they have been campaigning against for years, Republicans find themselves mired in division.
Paul Ryan in the Wall Street Journal: Keeping Our Promise to Repeal ObamaCare
Our bill guts the failing law and enacts conservative reform without pulling the rug out from under anyone.
The election of Donald Trump and a Republican Congress provides an opportunity: We can immediately halt the leftward drift of American social policy, while renewing prosperity through market-based, state-driven solutions that empower people instead of bureaucrats. This is the stuff of conservative dreams. But it will become reality only if Republicans keep the promises we have made.
That’s what the American Health Care Act is all about. It is the boldest and most conservative health-care legislation to come before Congress in decades. Bold because it dismantles the progressive health-care experiment and replaces it with a dynamic, patient-centered system. Conservative because it applies America’s founding principles—freedom, free enterprise and federalism—to the problems of the day.
Latest Polls from RealClearPolitics:
|Wednesday, March 22|
|President Trump Job Approval||Quinnipiac||Approve 37, Disapprove 56||Disapprove +19|
|President Trump Job Approval||Reuters/Ipsos||Approve 47, Disapprove 47||Tie|
|President Trump Job Approval||Economist/YouGov||Approve 44, Disapprove 49||Disapprove +5|
|President Trump Job Approval||Gallup||Approve 40, Disapprove 55||Disapprove +15|
|President Trump Job Approval||Rasmussen Reports||Approve 46, Disapprove 54||Disapprove +8|
|Congressional Job Approval||Economist/YouGov||Approve 14, Disapprove 56||Disapprove +42|
|Direction of Country||Economist/YouGov||Right Direction 34, Wrong Track 53||Wrong Track +19|
|Direction of Country||Reuters/Ipsos||Right Direction 33, Wrong Track 54||Wrong Track +21|
Bloomberg TV: The White House is leading an effort to build support among House conservatives for the American Health Care Act, offering potential changes to the bill in hopes of securing enough votes for its passage later today. Bloomberg’s Kevin Cirilli reports on “Bloomberg Surveillance.”