House Speaker Paul Ryan met Friday with President Donald Trump to tell him Republicans don’t have the votes to pass the GOP health care bill.
A key portion of the Trump-Ryan discussion was over the ownership of the health care bill and whether the President will take either full or partial responsibility over a decision to pull the bill, two people familiar with health care talks say.
Ryan showed Trump the numbers, and asked what the President wants the speaker to do.
The choice is largely in the hands of the White House, the sources say, and the speaker wants to make it “the President’s call.”
Efforts on Capitol Hill to sway members are ongoing, yet things aren’t heading in the correct direction.
“Not good. Not good at all,” the source said.
A risk to Republicans: if members are fully aware that the bill is going down, there’s a real risk that that undecideds, undeclared and even some yes votes would flee.
“The risk is it wouldn’t just be a loss, but a big loss,” a source said.
Republicans are still careening toward a House vote Friday afternoon on repealing and replacing Obamacare in a moment that has huge implications for Trump’s presidency and the GOP’s expectations of enacting an agenda that will change the face of American life.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Friday afternoon that Trump has “left everything on the field when it comes to this bill.”
However, Republicans have few firm commitments from conservatives and watched a continued exodus of moderates. This was exactly what House leadership was worried would happen when they changed the bill, the source said.
Friday afternoon, moderate Republicans and members of the conservative Freedom Caucus have indicated they won’t back the bill.