After President Donald Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan was forced to pull the American Health Care Act (known as RyanCare) off the floor on March 24, Sen. Paul Rand, on Sunday, said that he is “very optimistic” about replacing and repealing Obamacare soon.
Paul appeared quite optimistic after spending the day golfing with President Trump and White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney. According to the White House’s pool report, the trio spent the day at Trump’s Washington D.C. area golf course to talk on a “variety of topics” including healthcare reform.
“I had a great time today with @realDonaldTrump and believe we are getting closer to an agreement on health care!” Paul wrote on Twitter following the outing.
After arriving back at the White House, Paul Rand commented to the White House press:
“We had a great day with the president. Played some golf, and we talked, and we talked about a little bit of health care. I continue to be very optimistic that we are getting closer and closer to an agreement on repealing Obamacare.”
Trump had also tweeted from his personal Twitter account earlier in the day, offering hope to disappointed Republicans after the recent failed bill.
“Talks on Repealing and Replacing ObamaCare are, and have been, going on, and will continue until such time as a deal is hopefully struck,” Trump tweeted.
In addition to the positive comments from Paul, Trump’s tone also suggest that the president may not be over health care reform after he said last month that he was “moving on” in the wake of the American Health Care Act’s failure in the House GOP.
Just last week, President Trump attacked members of the House Freedom Caucus through his Twitter account. The Freedom Caucus, a conservative wing of the House Republicans, had opposed the AHCA because they believed it didn’t do enough to fulfill the GOP’s promise to repeal Obamacare.
However, such positive comments from Paul may be a good sign for conservatives and Republicans in general with the best and only real outcome is to completely scrap the RyanCare amendment and move forward with a full repeal.
Rand Paul would accept nothing less although the corporate press sees the meeting as a softening of the Kentucky Senator’s stance.
President Trump’s projection of success is likely as doomed as with the initial bill if he attempts to continue to sell the AHCA to conservatives as a “repeal” bill as it keeps the structure of ObamaCare in place . . . along with most of its cost with the amendment still costing $1.57 Trillion over ten years.
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