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What They Are Saying: President Trump’s Big Healthcare Win

- May 5, 2017

ON THURSDAY, THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION AND REPUBLICAN LEADERS IN CONGRESS TOOK A MAJOR STEP FORWARD IN REPEALING OBAMACARE

On President Trump's 105th Day In Office House Republicans Passed Legislation Repealing Obamacare

On May 4, 2017, By A Vote Of 217 to 213, The House Passed Legislation That Would "Repeal And Replace Major Parts Of The Affordable Care Act." "The House on Thursday narrowly approved legislation to repeal and replace major parts of the Affordable Care Act, as Republicans recovered from their earlier failures and moved a step closer to delivering on their promise to reshape American health care without mandated insurance coverage. The vote, 217 to 213, held on President Trump's 105th day in office, is a significant step on what could be a long legislative road." (Thomas Kaplan and Robert Pear, "House Passes Measure To Repeal And Replace The Affordable Care Act," The New York Times , 5/4/17)

This Step Was Described As A "Huge Legislative Victory" For President Trump And Republicans

Tom Bevan Of RealClear Politics Stated "It Was Striking To See Lawmakers In The Rose Garden Praise Trump For His Deep Personal Involvement In Getting The Bill Across The House Finish Line." "Thursday's events, however, served as a reminder than in his pre-politics business career, Trump often played the long game-and was known as a notorious detail man. It was striking to see lawmakers in the Rose Garden praise Trump for his deep personal involvement in getting the bill across the House finish line." (Tom Bevan, "5 Takeaways From The GOP's Obamacare Repeal Vote," RealClear Politics , 5/5/17)

  • RealClear Politics : "Paul Ryan Said He Had Never Seen A President Take Such A Hands-On Approach To Legislation. Kevin McCarthy Joked About Showing Up To His Office In The Morning Only To Be Told That President Trump Was On The Phone With A List Of Members For McCarthy To Call." (Tom Bevan, "5 Takeaways From The GOP's Obamacare Repeal Vote," RealClear Politics , 5/5/17)
  • RealClear Politics: "[I]t Was Trump Who Closed The Sale. After Meeting At The White House With The President On Wednesday, Moderate Republicans Fred Upton And Billy Long Flipped From 'No' To 'Yes,' Which Appears To Have Turned The Tide In Favor Of The Bill, Allowing House Leaders To Rush It To A Successful Vote Before Members Left Town For Recess." (Tom Bevan, "5 Takeaways From The GOP's Obamacare Repeal Vote," RealClear Politics , 5/5/17)

CNN's Don Lemon: "Today Was A Huge Legislative Victory For House Republicans And President Trump. President Trump Said He Is Confident This Bill Will Pass The Senate." (CNN's "CNN Tonight," 5/4/17)

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Associated Press Headline: "Analysis: Health Care Victory Builds Republican's Confidence." (Nancy Benac, "Analysis: Health Care Victory Builds Republicans' Confidence," The Associated Press , 5/5/17)

  • The Associated Press : "The Momentum Appeared To Carry Over Beyond Health Care. The House vote came hours after Trump signed an order to promote religious expression. GOP legislators moved closer to rolling back Obama-era financial regulations. The Senate approved a spending bill averting a government shutdown…" (Nancy Benac, "Analysis: Health Care Victory Builds Republicans' Confidence," The Associated Press , 5/5/17)

CNN: "Over The Past Few Weeks -- And Particularly In The Final Days Leading Up To Thursday's Vote -- Pence Has Been A Constant Presence In The House." (MJ Lee And Lauren Fox, "What We Learned About Trump And Republicans," CNN , 5/5/17)

  • CNN: "He Lobbied And Corralled Republicans To Get Behind The Legislation As He Navigated The Various Factions Within The GOP Conference." (MJ Lee And Lauren Fox, "What We Learned About Trump And Republicans," CNN , 5/5/17)

CNN's Chris Cillizza: "House Speaker Paul Ryan, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy And Majority Whip Steve Scalise Deserve Real Credit, As Does President Donald Trump, Who Actively Worked On-The-Fence Members Over The Last Few Days." "House Republicans cobbled together 217 'yes' votes Thursday for a health care plan aimed at repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, an accomplishment that looked unlikely as recently as 48 hours ago. That's a victory worth celebrating for a party that has been defined by its inability to rally its ideologically diverse caucus behind much of anything since re-taking control of the House in the 2010 election. House Speaker Paul Ryan, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Majority Whip Steve Scalise deserve real credit, as does President Donald Trump, who actively worked on-the-fence members over the last few days." (Chris Cillizza, "Republicans Just Won A Health Care Battle. Winning The War Is Going To Be Much Tougher," CNN , 5/4/17)

Politico : Vice President Pence "Stepped In To Facilitate Negotiations." "But Meadows found an ally in Pence, who stepped in to facilitate negotiations, giving them instant credibility in the eyes of Republicans inside and outside the Capitol. Pence also made calls to outside conservative groups to ensure they would back any agreement. 'The framework for a deal began when Pence doggedly worked the phones and scheduled meetings to explain the provision [allowing states to opt out of Obamacare rules] to outside groups,' said Tim Phillips, who leads Americans for Prosperity." (Rachel Bade and Josh Dawsey, "'The White House Just Couldn't Let This Go,'" Politico , 5/5/17)

Politico : Priebus "Upped His Game" On The Health Care Vote. "Priebus then upped his game on the health care bill. On the day Ryan pulled the original bill because it lacked the votes to pass, the White House chief of staff made a list of 'no' votes he would try to turn." (Rachel Bade and Josh Dawsey, "'The White House Just Couldn't Let This Go,'" Politico , 5/5/17)

Politico : "[I]n The Final 48 Hours, Trump Himself Was Deeply Involved, Cajoling Wavering Lawmakers Over A Series Of Phone Calls And Personal Visits To The White House, According To Members Of Congress And White House Aides." (Shane Goldmacher, "Trump Savors Health Care Win: 'Hey, I'm President,'" Politico , 5/4/17)

  • "'He's [President Trump] Been All Over This Like A Dog On A Bone,' Said Republican Rep. Bill Flores Of Texas." (Shane Goldmacher, "Trump Savors Health Care Win: 'Hey, I'm President,'" Politico , 5/4/17)

"'I Give Him [President Trump] An A+ For The Administration's Engagement,' Said Rep. Mark Meadows, Leader Of The House Freedom Caucus, Who Helped Negotiate The Final Package." (Shane Goldmacher, "Trump Savors Health Care Win: 'Hey, I'm President,'" Politico , 5/4/17)

Rep. Tom Reed, A New York Republican: "'He's [President Trump] Developing Relationships And He Is Earning Political Capital By Doing It The Old-Fashioned Way.'" (Shane Goldmacher, "Trump Savors Health Care Win: 'Hey, I'm President,'" Politico , 5/4/17)

Majority Whip Scalise Praised President Trump, Vice President Pence, And The White House For Being Engaged With Members Of Congress On Passing Health Care Reform. "In a Thursday interview in his Capitol office, Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) had only praise for Trump and the White House. He said the president was 'very generous with his time,' and he applauded Pence for coming to the Hill to meet with members." (Rachel Bade and Josh Dawsey, "'The White House Just Couldn't Let This Go,'" Politico , 5/5/17)

The Wall Street Journal: "President Trump Deserves Credit For His Inside Game Of Persuasion, And The Bill Wouldn't Have Passed Without His One-On-One Lobbying." (Editorial, "Ending ObamaCare, Part One," The Wall Street Journal, 5/4/17)

Politico : "In Addition To Trump, Soft-Spoken Vice President Mike Pence Has Played A Key Role Rounding Up Support Among His Former House Colleagues." (Shane Goldmacher, "Trump Savors Health Care Win: 'Hey, I'm President,'" Politico , 5/4/17)

Business Insider Headline: "House Passes Healthcare Bill As Trump Gets Major Win" (Bob Ryan, "House Passes Healthcare Bill As Trump Gets Major Win," Business Insider , 5/4/17)

Politico: "Donald Trump Upended His Schedule To Make Sure He Was Still In Washington To Savor His Biggest Legislative Win Yet As President, Watching From The White House Dining Room As All The Cable Networks Carried Thursday's Health Care Vote Live." (Shane Goldmacher, "Trump Savors Health Care Win: 'Hey, I'm President,'" Politico , 5/4/17)

Politico : President Trump Showed He Is " A Dealmaker Who Could Corral A Rambunctious Congress For His Agenda." "The House passage of a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare marked more than a step toward fulfilling Trump's campaign promise to unravel his predecessor's signature legislative achievement. It let him be the President Trump that Candidate Trump had promised - a dealmaker who could corral a rambunctious Congress for his agenda." (Shane Goldmacher, "Trump Savors Health Care Win: 'Hey, I'm President,'" Politico , 5/4/17)

"GOP Rep. Chris Collins Told CNN He Also Credited Trump For The Bill, Saying, 'This Was Donald J. Trump The Negotiator Getting It Done.' 'What Finally Got This Over The Line Was The President,' He Said." (Stephen Collinson, "Health Care Win Could Be Shot In Arm Trump, GOP Need," CNN , 5/4/17)

CNN: "In A Major Victory For President Donald Trump, The House Has Voted To Dismantle The Pillars Of The Affordable Care Act And Make Sweeping Changes To The Nation's Health Care System." (MJ Lee, "House Republicans Pass Bill To Replace And Repeal Obamacare," CNN, 5/4/17)


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