March 31, 2017
New York, NY – Claire Hardwick, OAN Political Correspondent
While the House Republicans pulled the American Health Care Act from the floor for a vote, Grace-Marie Turner said many members are feeling the repercussions from this failure, and are ready to work together to finally pass health care reform.
Turner is president of the Galen Institute and an expert on health care policy.
She said repealing and replacing Obamacare was such a huge campaign promise not only for President Trump, but for all Republicans.
And that the the Republican Caucus had a member only meeting Tuesday where they had a lot of remorse for the failure to pass the bill.
Turner said there is a renewed sense that the House Republicans have to get this bill over the finish line.
Because failure to pass healthcare reform is blocking other campaign promises like tax reform and revitalization of the economy.
“I am optimistic I see the speaker’s commitment, the president has said he’s going to do this- I think he publicly said he’s going to do this with the Republicans or I’m going to do this with the Democrats. Clearly, if the conservatives want to have more reform of Medicaid, more free market options for individuals, more control over the states to be able to approve the kind of plans that people actually want to buy, they need to move quickly before they wind up with more government controlled options which is very likely to happen if they have to put together a majority with half of them Democrats,” Turner said.
Turner said the entire Republican Caucus has campaigned for the past four election cycles on the promise to repeal and replace Obamacare, so failing to deliver this reform to their voters is not an option.