Republicans had years to work on a replacement for Obamacare, but like so many school kids, they procrastinated until the last minute. Being rushed to produce a mammoth piece of legislation to replace another, what they came up with was a disaster waiting to happen, resulting in the White House and House Speaker Paul Ryan pulling the bill from consideration. However, efforts to replace Obamacare are not dead and buried.
White House officials, desperate to demonstrate progress on President Trump’s promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act, are pushing to resurrect a revamped version of a Republican health care bill before his 100th day in office next week.
Some members of the president’s team have grown consumed by the marker, worrying that public appraisals at this traditional evaluation period will be brutal and hoping that a last push might bring a measure of salvation.
But at the same moment Mr. Trump’s hundred-day mark is reached on Saturday, April 29, there is a far more urgent deadline: Much of the federal government will run out of money. Reaching agreement on a measure to keep the government open past midnight that Friday will be the first priority of Republican leaders when Congress returns Monday from a two-week spring recess.
Have Republicans continued to work on the Obamacare replacement bill that failed or have they ignored it? We’re about to find out as the White House is reported to be trying to revive the effort to replace Obama’s flagship disaster legislation.