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Analysis: Moderate Republicans Also to Blame for Health Care Impasse
Arguably more hard ‘no’ votes among moderates than conservatives

Tuesday Group Co-Chairman Charlie Dent is among the moderate Republicans unlikely to be convinced to vote for the GOP’s health care bill. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus have shouldered the majority of the blame for the Republicans’ failure to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law, but GOP moderates may be equally — if not more — responsible for the impasse. 

There are arguably more hard “no” votes (members not likely to be convinced to move to “yes”) for the GOP leadership’s plan among moderate Republicans than there are among Freedom Caucus members.

Moderates Dismiss Heritage Action 'Cheap Shot'
Conservative group missive targeted Tuesday Group on health care

New York Republican Rep. Chris Collins said Heritage Action had little impact on the majority of the GOP conference. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Several House Republicans blew off an attack by Heritage Action Wednesday that blamed the moderate arm of the GOP for stalling negotiations to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law.

The conservative group blasted members of the Tuesday Group for opposing talks “not based on policy, [but] because they don’t want to repeal Obamacare.” Heritage Action also suggested it might work to oppose those members running for re-election in 2018, but didn’t announce any ad buys.

GOP: No ‘Artificial Deadline’ on Health Care Vote
House Republicans giving repeal and replace another chance

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan did not give a firm timeline of when the chamber would vote on the latest iteration of a repeal and replace health care law. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

“Sooner rather than later” — that’s the prevailing sentiment among House Republicans as to when their chamber should vote on a bill to partially repeal and replace the 2010 health care law if tweaks being discussed will move enough “no” votes to “yes.”

Talk of the House working through the Easter recess to get the bill done is overblown, members said, but they noted that if an agreement can be reached quickly, there remains a possibility the scheduled Thursday afternoon start of the two-week recess could get pushed back to accommodate a vote later this week.

Pence Pitches Ideas to Build Support for Health Care Bill
Vice president met with House Freedom Caucus members

Vice President Mike Pence makes his way to the Republican Senate Policy luncheons in the Capitol, March 14, 2017. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Vice President Mike Pence pitched moderate House Republicans on a change in Republicans’ stalled health care legislation in a Monday afternoon meeting at the White House, the first in a series of planned meetings this week that are aimed at reviving the chamber’s efforts to pass legislation replacing the 2010 health care law.

Later Monday, Pence met with House Freedom Caucus members on the same proposal, an effort that attendees said was aimed at setting up a vote on the legislation as early as this week.

Rand Paul Proffers Kinda, Sorta Obamacare Repeal, Replace
After golfing with Trump, Kentucky Senator explores alternatives

Sen. Rand Paul is exploring compromises on approaching the 2010 health care law . (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Before huddling with members of the House Freedom Caucus Monday, Sen. Rand Paul said he was pushing President Donald Trump on a new construct for the repeal and replacement of the 2010 health care law.

Paul, a Kentucky Republican, suggested a possibility of keeping some subsidies in the 2010 law in place rather than replacing them with a new bundle of tax credits, a move that could keep conservatives from basically voting for new entitlements.

Republicans Want to Keep at It on Health Care Overhaul
Conservatives still aim to use current fiscal year reconciliation bill

New Jersey Rep. Tom MacArthur thinks there is room for Republican conservatives and moderates to work together on health care. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In a sign of the renewed Republican optimism surrounding a health care overhaul, several House GOP members say they still want to use the budget reconciliation process for the current fiscal year to pass legislation, effectively providing themselves with less than two months to get a deal.

Leadership has yet to make any concrete decisions on the path forward for health care after pulling a bill last week that would have partially repealed and replaced the 2010 health care law.

Why Ryan Is Key to Republican Moderates’ Survival
Health care debacle has left GOP centrists without political cover

Some House Republican moderates are pushing Speaker Paul D. Ryan to try a different approach on health care. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Some moderate Republicans were left out in the cold by the GOP leadership’s push of a deeply unpopular health care bill over the last month.

And now, with leadership signaling it’s sticking by its commitment to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law, they have every reason to want Speaker Paul D. Ryan to try a different approach — to save themselves and their party.

Rank and File Might Go Around Paul Ryan
In wake of health care misfire, members look for another way

Paul Ryan might face members bypassing him on future negotiations. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan is not in danger of losing his job over his Republican conference’s failure to pass health care legislation, but he is at risk of losing some of his negotiating power. 

Rank-and-file members trying to salvage the GOP’s goal to dismantle the 2010 heath care law are taking matters into their own hands, pushing the effort back on the priority list and hatching plans for where they want to see the next round of negotiations go.

Whip List: Obamacare Rollback Vote Nears Breaking Point
A handful more GOP opponents would doom measure

House Freedom Caucus members, from left, Raúl R. Labrador of Idaho, Mark Meadows of North Carolina and Jim Jordan of Ohio make their way to a procedural vote in the Capitol on Friday before the vote on the Republican health care bill. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Enough Republicans appeared on the verge of voting against the House health care overhaul to require frantic lobbying and send House Speaker Paul D. Ryan to the White House as floor debate got underway Friday.

At least 20 House Republicans had already signaled opposition since the end of a Thursday evening huddle with top Trump administration officials in which Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney delivered an ultimatum, saying President Donald Trump was done negotiating on partially repealing and replacing the 2010 health care law.

House GOP Heads Into Health Care Vote ‘Between a Rock and a Hard Place’
Regardless of outcome, Republicans will walk away with losses

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., has been trying to woo undecided Republicans to support the health care bill as a do-or-die vote approaches on Friday. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The outcome of Friday’s House vote to partially repeal and replace the 2010 health care law is not certain, but one thing is: All parties to the Republican negotiations will walk away with some losses.

After a marathon few weeks of debate over the health care measure, President Donald Trump decided he was done dealing and urged the House to vote on the measure and let the chips fall where they may.