Federal Issues Update
House GOP Leaders Consider Reviving Health Care Debate
March 30, 2017
One week after failing to advance the American Health Care Act (AHCA), House GOP leaders are considering making another attempt to vote on a revised version of the legislation. In fact, some members have suggested that a vote could occur as early as next week. According to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), however, there are no immediate plans to consider legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The conflicting statements within the party indicate that there is no clear legislative path forward at this time.
In the meantime, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) has encouraged Republican lawmakers to continue working toward a solution. For his part, President Trump provided some additional incentive to the conservative wing of the party by tweeting Thursday morning that he would work to defeat members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus if they did not begin to support the Republican agenda. To that end, caucus members have reached out to their moderate colleagues in the so-called “Tuesday Group” in an effort to negotiate some sort of compromise. However, the Tuesday Group has collectively decided that their members will not directly enter into talks with the Freedom Caucus.