(NationalSentinel) Congress: The White House is set to lay the blame for the failed Obamacare repeal effort on House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., though President Donald J. Trump himself is said to have said he still supports leaving Ryan in place as third-in-line to the Oval Office.
In public, President Donald Trump is standing by House Speaker Paul Ryan over the Obamacare replacement bill.
Behind the scenes, the president’s aides are planning to blame Ryan if there is an embarrassing defeat on a bill that has been a Republican goal for more than seven years, a senior administration official said.
The House is expected to vote this afternoon on the health bill, which is opposed by all Democrats and may not enjoy enough support among either conservative or moderate Republicans. The conservative House Freedom Caucus negotiated several changes to the bill to win over its members.
A separate report by McClatchy DC said the president called Ryan and asked him to pull the legislation at the last minute:
President Donald Trump Friday afternoon called House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and asked him to pull the health care bill 30 minutes ahead of a scheduled floor vote. This is the second day in a row an expected House vote did not take place due to lack of Republican support from their own party for the Obamacare replacement.
Speaking at the Capitol Friday afternoon, Ryan said his party “came up short.”
“I will not sugarcoat this. This is a disappointing day for us,” Ryan said. “Doing big things is hard. We will need time to reflect on how we got to this moment.”
For his part, Ryan said he would not “cast blame” on members of his own party for the failure of at least this version of Obamacare repeal and replace.
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The White House has said should the bill fail, the president would move on to additional items he pledged to address during his campaign. Meanwhile, Americans continue to be battered and bruised, economically speaking, by a health care reform law that has upended the health insurance and healthcare industries and transformed it into an expensive, unworkable mess.
As for who’s to blame, the one person who cannot shoulder responsibility for this is Trump. He got on board the legislation because though it didn’t go far enough for many Republicans, it was a good start that would have curbed Medicaid growth, defunded Planned Parenthood, established health savings accounts (free market!), and made other changes as a first step towards dismantling the un-Affordable Care Act.
But the president doesn’t create legislation, he either signs it or vetoes it. So you decide who’s most at fault.
When former House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio predicted last month that Obamacare would not be repealed and replaced, few wanted to believe him. Now, his words seem like those of an old establishment congressional hand who knew what he was talking about.