Whether or not you think this is a good plan, it’s going to go for a vote. And we can’t have Obamacare forever. Trump isn’t saying he’s going to give up on healthcare, but it’s going to happen now so we can move on to other pressing matters. Do you think this is a good strategy?
Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney made clear Thursday evening that President Donald Trump is done negotiating on the hotly-debated health care bill and wants a vote on Friday.
And, if the president doesn’t get a vote to repeal and replace Obamacare, he will move on to other priorities, Mulvaney said according to a source in the room during the tense talks with GOP members.
The latest salvo comes after House Republican leaders abruptly postponed a planned vote on the GOP health care bill Thursday as they struggled to find sufficient support to pass it. GOP lawmakers had previously been told procedural votes on the bill will still be held tonight and that a full vote on the measure could take place Friday.
The move to delay the vote came after House conservatives said there was no deal struck on the bill following a meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House Thursday. According to the NBC News vote count, GOP leaders were still at least eight votes short of winning enough backing for passage.
The president’s latest posture came as news to Rep. Mark Meadows R-North Carolina, chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, who earlier told reporters that there was no deal after the meeting, but added he was still hopeful one can be struck.
“I am very hopeful we can find a way to yes,” Meadows said.
Rep. Tom Cole R-Oklahoma, a supporter of the health care bill, said the move away from a Thursday night vote “certainly makes a lot of sense.”
“You reach a certain point in the day, and even if there were an agreement, you’d have to call the conference together, explain the deal, between the deal there might be a discussion, there might be last-minute changes or tweaks, I don’t think you want to do this late at night,” Cole said.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Thursday afternoon that the administration does not feel it needs a “plan B”.
The negotiations continue into the night.