House GOP ‘Boils Over In Anger’ After Senate Fails To Pass Healthcare Bill

GOP House members are boiling over in anger after the Senate failed to secure the votes needed to pass the healthcare bill.

Washington Examiner reports:

House Republicans on Tuesday were seething with anger over the Senate GOP’s late Monday decision to pull the plug on a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Lawmakers leaving the House GOP’s weekly conference meeting said feelings of exasperation and anger have set in, now that the Senate has dropped plans to vote on an Obamacare replacement bill this month.

“There is a lot of frustration, borderline anger I guess, at what really has to be described as some level of incompetence to be able to get together and get something done,” Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., who heads the conservative Republican Study Committee, told the Washington Examiner.

In a closed-door meeting that took place at the party’s political headquarters near the Capitol, House Speaker Paul Ryan told Republicans they need to uphold a positive message, despite their frustration with the Senate and the feeling that the House GOP’s struggle to pass their own repeal and replace bill earlier this year may have been wasted.

“Lots of frustration,” Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, said as he left the meeting.

As TGP previously reported, GOP Senators Jerry Moran (Kansas) and Mike Lee (Utah) announced Monday night that they will not be supporting the bill to repeal and replace Obamacare which blocked bill.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is embarking on a new strategy, calling for complete repeal of Obamacare and a two year delay.

As per The Atlantic:

Late Monday night, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called for a “repeal of Obamacare with a two-year delay” after two Republican defections derailed the latest iteration of his party’s plan to roll back the Affordable Care Act.

“Regretfully, it is now apparent that the effort to repeal and immediately replace the failure of Obamacare will not be successful,” McConnell said in a statement. “So, in the coming days, the Senate will vote to take up the House bill with the first amendment in order being what a majority of the Senate has already supported in 2015 and that was vetoed by then-President Obama: a repeal of Obamacare with a two-year delay to provide for a stable transition period to a patient-centered health-care system that gives Americans access to quality, affordable care.”

President Trump has called for a complete repeal, expressing optimism a bi-partisan agreement can be reached.

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