Nancy Pelosi to Paul Ryan: Let’s Work Together on Healthcare
U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) said today that Democrats in the House are willing and ready to work with Republicans to pass healthcare.
In a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) moments after the collapse of the Republican-only healthcare bill collapsed, Pelosi said his caucus is ready to come to the table if House Republicans are willing to abandon their attempt to do healthcare alone.
“Democrats extend the hand of friendship if Republicans will set aside repeal, abandon cuts to Medicaid, and abandon huge tax breaks for the wealthy,” Pelosi told Speaker Ryan.
On Monday the Republican bill to repeal and replace Obamacare failed after two additional senators came out against the bill.
Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) announced they would be voting against the bill. That brough the number of GOP senators opposed to the bill to four. The GOP could not afford to lose more than two senators to pass the bill.
Earlier today, Mitch McConnell said he would move forward with a repeal-only bill but immediately Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV.) said they were opposed
Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) later announced that she was also opposed. That essentially killed the repeal-only GOP bill.
Following the failure of the GOP bill, President Donald Trump went on twitter to blame Democrats whom he accused of letting Americans down.
We were let down by all of the Democrats and a few Republicans. Most Republicans were loyal, terrific & worked really hard. We will return!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 18, 2017
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