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Heidi Heitkamp
Once … the Democrats were willing to do more on defense and the Republicans were willing to fulfill the commitment under the Affordable Care Act and not waste money throwing something at a border-security provision that wasn't actually going to enhance security – I think those were the two big things that needed to happen.feedback
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NEW Apr 27 2017
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Rand Paul

My reaction in general is I think the Freedom Caucus has done a good job trying to make the bill less bad. For me, it's a big stumbling block still that there's taxpayer money that's being given to insurance companies. And I'm just not in favor of taxpayer money going to insurance companies.feedback

Andrew Brenner

[Trump] said as recently as last week you have to have the health-care plan in force first ... the health-care plan is not even on the agenda this week after being promised last week.feedback

Peter Boockvar - The Lindsey Group

If you have something permanent, you have to have it revenue neutral. This was just a starting point that Congress wanted the administration to lay out. Where health care is being debated within Congress, I think on the tax side people wanted Trump to create a starting point.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We will stamp out prejudice. We will condemn hatred. Don't be suckers. Take care of your own.feedback

Joshua Matz

Yet another executive order by the US president was blocked by the courts, in part because of his own words. His tweets are a political doomsday device. Welcome to the age of presidential sabotage. Since assuming office, President Donald J Trump has shown little inclination to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed”, as commanded by the US constitution. Instead, he has openly declared his intention to wreak havoc in key programs.feedback

Nancy Pelosi

Many would lose access to affordable health coverage entirely, on top of the 24 million hard-working Americans who would already lose insurance under the original TrumpCare language. The monstrous immorality of TrumpCare is perfectly encapsulated in House Republicans' plan to exempt their own health coverage from the damage it will do to everyone else. If House Republicans are afraid of TrumpCare for themselves, they have no right to force it on hard-working American families.feedback

Edward Campbell

I don't think health care is the issue the market is focused on. It's much more focused on tax reform. But [with President Donald Trump and the Republicans] having failed so spectacularly on health care, it's not really a great omen for delivering on corporate tax reform. We're vulnerable to high expectations on the policy front and the possibility for disappointment.feedback

Rojan Robotham

It's very challenging to find quality before and after-care and care that works with a military schedule. So I am hoping if not yourself or Ivanka Trump – somebody– takes it on and really solves it for us, cause it's a need. I hope to encourage her and others to advocate to not cut child care in general and increase more. I think it's great that she is hearing it from myself and other people 'cause oftentimes you have to hear it from more than one person and different parts of the community for people to take action.feedback

Donald J. Trump

This is a real threat to the world, whether we want to talk about it or not. North Korea is a big world problem, and it's a problem that we have to finally solve. On Syria, the Council failed again this month to respond to Syria's use of chemical weapons. A great disappointment; I was very disappointed by that. If we do a great job, I care much less about the budget, because you're talking about peanuts compared to the important work you're doing.feedback

Mick Mulvaney

I don't think anyone foresees or expects or would want a shutdown. I don't think anybody expects us to roll out bill language on Wednesday. Still, his White House is eager to tout progress on the litany of agenda items he promised to fulfill in his first 100 days, despite setbacks including court bans on his proposed immigration limits and the high-profile failure in repealing and replacing Obama's health law.feedback

Nancy Pelosi

He's saying, I can't control our borders. I have to build a wall. We certainly would like to -- we have a responsibility to control our borders. Building a wall is not an answer, not here or anyplace. The wall is, in my view, immoral, expensive, unwise and when the president says, well, I promised a wall during my campaigns, I don't think he said he was going to pass billions of dollars of cost of the wall onto the taxpayer. You have to understand this part of the country -- there's a community with the border going through it.feedback

Drew Hammill

Last minute White House efforts in this negotiation and public statements are making a bipartisan agreement more difficult to reach as is their push to have an ACA (Affordable Care Act) repeal vote next week. There is intense opposition to the wall from Democrats and many Republicans.feedback

Donald J. Trump

After listening for 10 minutes, I realised it's not so easy. Nobody knew health care could be so complicated. I have a little conflict of interest because I have a major, major building in Istanbul.feedback

Sam Glick - Oliver Wyman

The industry accounts for a lot of good middle-class jobs and, in many communities, it's the single-largest employer. One of the hardest decisions for the new Trump administration is how far do they push on health care costs at the expense of jobs in health care.feedback

Donald J. Trump

It's gonna be great. It'll happen. No particular rush, but we'll see what happens. But health care is coming along well. Government is coming along really well. Lot of good things are happening. Doesn't matter if it's next week. Next week doesn't matter.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We're doing very well on health care. We'll see what happens, but this is a great bill. This is a great plan. And this will be great health care.feedback

Steven Mnuchin

The president wants to get health care done and he wants to get tax done. Hopefully we're going to get both done, but we're going to get tax done.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I wanna get both. Are you shocked to hear that? We're doing very well on health care. We'll see what happens. But this is a great bill, there's a great plan and this will be great health care. It's evolving. This has really been two months, and this is a continuation. And the plan gets better and better and better, and it's gotten really, really good. And a lot of people are liking it a lot. We have a good chance of getting it soon. I'd like to say next week, but it will be – I believe we will get it, and whether it's next week or shortly thereafter.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We have a good chance of getting (health care legislation passed) soon. I'd like to say next week, but I believe we will get it and whether it's next week or shortly thereafter. As far as keeping the government open, I think we want to keep the government open, don't you agree? So, yeah, I think we'll get both.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

Republicans, under heavy pressure from the White House, are inching closer to passing a bill to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act, but possible revisions released Thursday may not clinch a deal. . .feedback

Josh Kraushaar - National Journal

Republicans were able to use their traditional playbook (to force a runoff), painting Ossoff as a down-the-line liberal to stunt his momentum. If that strategy works in the midterms, they'll be well-positioned to hold their House majority. Democrats need to win these types of diverse, affluent Republican districts to regain control of the lower chamber. … All told, it doesn't look as if many typical Republican voters -- even those who don't care for Trump -- were inclined to vote for a Democrat to send a message….feedback

Thomas E. Perez

She's the person who supports Donald Trump's efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. I wonder if Donald Trump and she are going to campaign on that issue in her district. We have a lot of wind at our back. The progressive energy out there is palpable.feedback

Donald J. Trump

So we're in very good shape on tax reform. We have the concept of the plan. We're going to be announcing it very soon. But health care, we have to get the health care taken care of, and as soon as health care takes care of we are going to march very quickly. You're going to watch. We're going to surprise you. Right, (Treasury Secretary) Steve Mnuchin? Right?feedback

Donald J. Trump

We're going to do everything in our power to make sure more products are stamped with those wonderful words 'Made in the USA'. For too long we've watched as our factories have been closed and our jobs have been sent to far away lands. We have to get the health care taken care of. We are going to make very big changes or we are going to get rid of NAFTA for once and for all. We cannot continue like this.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We're also working with Congress on tax reform and simplification, and we're on time if we get that healthcare approval. So press every one of your congressmen, press everybody, because we want to get that approval. And it just makes the tax reform easier, and it makes it better, because it's gonna make it steeper, it's gonna be bigger, and that's what we want to do. On healthcare, we have to get the healthcare taken care of. And as soon as healthcare [is taken care of], we're going to march very quickly, you're gonna watch. We're gonna surprise you.feedback

Craig Garthwaite

The regulatory uncertainty is something that is very hard for these people to price in. How do you develop a model for the thoughts of the Trump administration on what they're going to do policywise in health care? Many mysteries of life can be answered with the statement: Insurers are bizarrely risk-averse.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

Fewer than 100 days after Republicans assumed complete control of Washington, their botched attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and broader struggles to cooperate have stoked widespread distrust and despair inside the party. The friction is evident at town hall meetings across the country during the current congressional recess. ….feedback

Paul Waldman

Having failed at their first big legislative push to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Republicans are now turning their attention to their second priority, the one that was always first in their hearts: tax reform.feedback

Steven Haas

I'm sorry to say I was shocked that you declared your intention to vote for so-called Trumpcare. That's not the way we do things in Colorado. The ACA is the law of the land now.feedback

Donald J. Trump

They're not currency manipulators. Nobody knows the system better than me. Which is why I alone can fix it. It turns out that, first of all, lots of small companies are really helped, the vendor companies. Nobody knew health care could be so complicated.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I won, when I became president. No, I don't think they care at all. I don't think they care at all.feedback

Merrill Matthews

We used to say Republicans didn't have the health-care gene. It just was not their issue.feedback

Robert Laszewski

Every time I put Obamacare in my search engine, someone has a snarky headline: 'Republicans are starting to like Obamacare'. The original outline was their idea!feedback

Michael Cannon - Cato Institute

When Republicans have tried to apply their limited-government philosophy to health care, they've been beaten over the head by Democrats who say you're trying to take away access to care. They've decided, I don't want to get hit on the nose with a crowbar anymore. I'm going to focus on other issues. They just haven't done their homework.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

President Trump should avoid the temptation to delve back into health-care reform. He has already gotten into hot water with threats to wreck the system by depriving needy Americans of subsidies. Should he take the plunge and put the rest of his agenda (primarily tax reform) on the back burner, he’ll find himself treading water for the remainder of his time in office before the 2018 midterms.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated. It's an unbelievably complex subject!feedback

Donald J. Trump

I have to tell you, it's an unbelievably complex subject. Nobody knew health care could be so complicated. Went into the history of China and Korea. Not North Korea, Korea. And you know, you're talking about thousands of years … and many wars. And Korea actually used to be a part of China. And after listening for 10 minutes I realized that not–it's not so easy. You know I felt pretty strongly ... that they had a tremendous power over China.... But it's not what you would think.feedback

Sam Stovall - Standard & Poor's

It's more the unwinding of the Trump hype. This is the gripe I worried about…he keeps going after the windmills of health care. He's using up very valuable political capital which would be much better spent on tax reform and infrastructure spending.feedback

Jeffrey Lord

Think of Donald Trump as the Martin Luther King of health care. When I was a kid, President Kennedy did not want to introduce the civil rights bill because he said it wasn't popular and he didn't have the votes for it, et cetera. Dr. King kept putting people in the streets in harm's way to put the pressure on so the bill would be introduced.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I don't know if this sends a message. It doesn't make any difference if it does or not. North Korea is a problem. The problem will be taken care of. I have great confidence that China will properly deal with North Korea. If they are unable to do so, the U.S., with its allies, will! U.S.A. We are sending an armada, very powerful. We have submarines, very powerful, far more powerful than the aircraft carrier, that I can tell you. And we have the best military people on Earth. And I will say this. He is doing the wrong thing ... He's making a big mistake.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We may be at an all-time low in terms of relationship with Russia. I think we're doing very well on health care. It's been very much misreported that we failed with health care.feedback

Ron Wyden

There is no outcome in which the administration sabotaging insurance markets persuades Democrats to pass Trumpcare, a disastrous proposal which would only make our health care system worse. When the president drops his threats on Americans' health care – including the latest threat to withhold insurance payments, which he clearly understands puts people's care in danger – Democrats will be prepared to work on bipartisan improvements to the Affordable Care Act.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

The close special election in the Kansas 4th congressional district, which should have been a slam dunk for Republicans, and wariness about next week’s special election in Georgia’s 6th congressional district reflect Republicans’ lack of enthusiasm after less than three months of the Trump presidency. Anecdotal evidence indicates nerves are frayed and the mood glum. (“Republicans have grown fearful that these voters are recoiling from what they see as lamentable conditions in Washington: a government entirely in Republican hands that has failed to deliver on fundamental goals like overhauling the health care system, the New York Times recently reported. “Early missteps by President Trump and congressional leaders have weighed heavily on voters from the party’s more affluent wing, anchored in right-of-center suburbs around major cities in the South and Midwest. Never beloved in these precincts, Mr. Trump appears to be struggling to maintain support from certain voters who backed him last year mainly as a way of defeating Hillary Clinton.”).feedback

Donald J. Trump

I don't know if this sends a message. It doesn't make any difference if it does or not. North Korea is a problem. The problem will be taken care of. I will say this, I think China has really been working very hard. I've really gotten to like and respect, as you know, President Xi, terrific person, spent a lot of time together in Florida, he's a very special man, we'll see how it goes, I think he's going to try very hard.feedback

Erik Wemple

CNN’s strategy for coverage of President Trump drones on. This morning on the network’s “New Day, ” host Alisyn Camerota moderated a debate over Obamacare between CNN contributor/steady Trump supporter Jeffrey Lord and CNN political commentator Symone Sanders. The news peg for the discussion was President Trump’s threat to withhold federal subsidies to health insurers that provide coverage to low-income customers.feedback

Greg Sargent

President Trump likes headlines that portray him as a man of action, so he’s probably pleased with the barrage of Thursday headlines about his latest move on health care. ABC News, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, and many others all inform us that Trump is “threatening” to sabotage the Affordable Care Act to force Democrats to make a deal with him on its future. “Threaten” is a verb that is laden with action, purpose, and intimations of concealed leverage and power. Awesome!feedback

Drew Hammill

Democrats have been very clear that any effort that repeals the Affordable Care Act and increases costs for families is a complete non-starter. Republicans must put aside repeal before any conversations about building upon the ACA can occur.feedback

Dawn Laguens - Planned Parenthood Federation of America

People are sick and tired of politicians making it even harder for them to access health care, and this bill is just the latest example. Planned Parenthood strongly opposes President Trump's willingness to undermine millions of women's access to birth control through the Title X family planning program. Four million people depend on the Title X family planning program, and by signing this bill, President Trump disregards their health and well-being.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We're going to have a phenomenal tax reform, but I have to do health care first. I want to do it first to really do it right.feedback

Chuck Schumer

President Trump is threatening to hold hostage health care for millions of Americans, many of whom voted for him, to achieve a political goal of repeal that would take health care away from millions more. This cynical strategy will fail. Our position remains unchanged: drop repeal, stop undermining our health care system, and we will certainly sit down and talk about ways to improve the Affordable Care Act. That's part of the reason that I may go the other way. The longer I'm behind this desk and you have ObamaCare, the more I would own it.feedback

Mick Mulvaney

There is the overall momentum. We think it's more ability to drive the debate on taxes after we fix health care. So I think generally speaking the plan is trying to do health care first. When you say reciprocal tax, nobody can get angry. Even the other countries, if like – if they're charging you a 50 percent tax, you say, okay, whatever you charge, we're charging.feedback

Lilliana Mason

The way I think of it is, imagine that the World Series also affected the N.C.A.A. and the Super Bowl and every other team you care about. So as our identities line up with party identity, politics becomes more and more consequential. With Trump, if you can point to one brilliant thing he did, it's that he as a politician, kind of for the first time, said 'we're losers.feedback

Greg Sargent

Ever since the GOP repeal-and-replace bill crashed, President Trump has confidently vowed that it’s only a matter of time until Democrats come groveling to him on their knees, begging for a deal that will save them from the collapse of the Affordable Care Act. In other words, Trump and Republicans needn’t take any steps to shore up the ACA’s exchanges, because they have all the leverage in the battle over its future — indeed, they have suggested, the ACA’s implosion is inevitable, ongoing and already nearly complete.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I have to do healthcare first, I want to do it first to really do it right. We're saving tremendous amounts of money on health care when we get this done, number one, and most importantly … we're going to have great healthcare, and all of that savings goes into the tax. If you don't do that you can't put any of the savings into the tax cuts and the tax reform. Health care is going to happen at some point. Now if it doesn't start fast enough, I'll start the taxes. But the tax reform and the tax cuts are better if I can do healthcare first.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We're going to get rid of it. You're going to get rid of my health care? Like, all of it? All of it. Gone. After you're done, you'll never have to drive to see a doctor again, how does that sound?feedback

Donald J. Trump

It is a great honor to have the president of China and his incredibly talented wife, a great, great celebrity in China, a great singer. It's an honor to have you in the United States. So far, I have gotten nothing. Absolutely nothing. But we have developed a friendship. I can see that. I think, long-term, we are going to have a very, very great relationship, and I look very much forward to it. We have not been treated fairly on trade for many, many years. No presidents have taken care of that the way they should have. And we have a big problem with North Korea. We're going to see what happens.feedback

Mike Cernovich

He's a media whore always eager to spread his lips. I say never trust a man who combs his hair so as to cover his shiny dome, and then flaunts a wife young enough to be his daughter. Oh, Trump has issues, all right. But there isn't much reputation to damage. He took care of that long ago.feedback

Campbell Dobbs

Trump doesn't care enough about suffering Syrian babies to give them refuge in the U.S., so why does he suddenly care about dead ones?feedback

Donald J. Trump

It's going to be very interesting. Nobody really knows. We have not been treated fairly on trade for many, many years. No presidents have taken care of that the way they should have. And we have a big problem with North Korea. We're going to see what happens. I think China will be stepping up. Certainly I would be.feedback

Greg Walden

So this is another step in the right direction and I know we'll keep working forward in this process in the next couple of weeks as we work to refine our product, improve our product, and get to the goal of saving Americans on their premiums, making sure that the Affordable Care Act exchanges don't fully collapse, we see examples again of more insurers contemplating pulling out of the market, and our job is to try and reform this process in a timely manner.feedback

Joe Scarborough

Seeing plummeting approval ratings and a health-care debacle in the House, President Trump has come to realize that the source of much of the chaos inside his White House has been Steve Bannon. Bannon himself has been extraordinarily frustrated inside the White House, at one point saying, If my talents aren't needed here, I can take them somewhere else.feedback

Doug Ommen

We are very concerned about this development, but Iowa is not alone as Affordable Care Act markets around the country are being left with few to no options available to consumers.feedback

F.H. Buckley

Frank asked how it was that the poor folks of his home state voted for a Republican Party that cared so little for their economic interests. Become the jobs and the health-care president, and you [Trump] will have answered Frank's question. Steve Bannon has said the Republicans will become a party of 'economic nationalism'. No one has bothered to define this, but here's one thing it must mean: We're going to treat Americans better than non-Americans. We're going to see that Americans have jobs, medical care and an enviable safety net.feedback

Richard Spencer

Unlike Paul Ryan and Rich Lowry, who masturbated to Atlas Shrugged in their college dorms and have no loyalty to their race, Donald Trump is a nationalist. We can't ignore the politics of this. If Trumpcare passes, leftists can credibly claim that Trump has betrayed his populist vision. They will recycle the hoary script about nationalism and 'scapegoating' immigrants as a means of pushing through a draconian agenda. And they'll have a point!feedback

Jennifer Rubin

Perhaps the Freedom Caucus believed the resumed talks on health-care reform were “real” and could lead to a new agreement. Alternatively, this may have been a thinly disguised attempt to shift blame to moderate Republicans and escape the ire of Republicans who blame their intransigence for failure of the America Health Care Act. The latter theory got some support when Heritage Action’s Dan Holler went on a tweet storm blaming the Tuesday Group of moderates for shying away from repeal of Obamacare. (Quoting his chief executive, Michael Needham, Holler tweeted, “Tuesday Group seems more interested in Barack Obama’s solutions than conservative solutions.”).feedback

Jennifer Rubin

Democrats should give credit where credit is due - to President Trump. He has accomplished what they and President Barack Obama could not, namely make the Affordable Care Act popular, if not actually loved. The Kaiser Family Foundation poll reports.feedback

David Betras

Every time Trump so much as sneezes, we as a party are setting our hair on fire and running around like it's the end of the world. Most people around here don't care. They are living paycheck to paycheck, just trying to hold on. After everything that's happened, if we as a party still aren't speaking to them, then we are never getting them back.feedback

Tom Reed

Community rating is one of those things that is a very significant reform in the Affordable Care Act. I appreciate the states' rights argument, but recognize that there is a reason behind community rating and the benefit that it brings to the insurance reforms.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I'm thinking about accelerating it. I'm thinking about putting it with another bill. Could be health care, could be something else. Could be tax reform. We're talking about a trillion-dollar infrastructure . When you can borrow so inexpensively, you don't have to do the public-private thing. Because public-private can be very expensive.feedback

Domenico Dolce

We oppose gay adoptions. The only family is the traditional one … No chemical offsprings and rented uterus; Life has a natural flow, there are things that should not be changed.feedback

Andy Harris

I believe the administration actually wants a free-market solution to this. We're on the same side as the administration.feedback

Mark Meadows

Anything that gets changed substantially allows you to walk back those declarations. It's premature to say where we are or what we're on, because we're at that conceptual stage right now.feedback

Ian Lyngen

The opposition that Trump has already started to see in congress, whether it was in confirming his cabinet and their recent pulling of the health care bill, all of this suggests that the pro-business initiatives the market might have been expecting from Trump may have been delayed or permanently shelved. The political capital that needs to be expended to get the non-economic changes through, the less momentum and support Trump will ultimately have for his market-friendly initiatives.feedback

Bob Corker

There are so many things we can agree together on. Infrastructure may be one. Tax reform may be one. We kind of led with our chin.feedback

Paul Ryan

We're throwing around concepts to improve the bill. That's occurring right now, but that is not to say that we are ready to go. Because we want to make sure that when we go, we have the votes to pass this bill. I don't want to put some kind of an artificial deadline because we're at that conceptual stage.feedback

Kristen Welker

President Trump told me he is serious about working on health care reform. He said his conversation with Sen. Rand Paul on the golf course went very well and they did discuss specifics although no details given. The president said the notion that he has given up on health care is false, noting that he is still negotiating. When I asked if he is currently eyeing Democrats to build a coalition, the president said not at this time. The president said he is talking to moderate and conservative Republicans and thinks he can get a deal.feedback

Mark Meadows

We remain open minded and willing to look at details for the plan, so we're hopeful. We are encouraged by at least the idea – intrigued by the idea – but would certainly need a whole lot more information before we take action in support or opposition.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

You’d think he would get tired of losing. “Ten weeks into his presidency, Donald Trump hasn’t had an easy week yet. Mr. Trump has hit regular high points-the nomination of a Supreme Court justice, a smooth speech to a joint session of Congress, an active deal-making role in health-care negotiations. But they have each been punctured, within hours or days, by low points-courts blocking his travel restrictions, an early-morning tweet about wiretapping, and the collapse of those talks to repeal the Affordable Care Act.”.feedback

Topher Spiro

Democrats could agree to improve the Affordable Care Act along these lines.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I didn't want to take a vote. It was my idea. One way or the other, I promised the people great health care. We are going to have great health care in this country. Now, it will be in one form or another. It will be a repeal and replace of Obamacare which is the deal that is being negotiated now. If we don't get what we want, we will make a deal with the Democrats and we will have in my opinion not as good a form of health care, but we are going to have a very good form of health care and it will be a bipartisan form of health care.feedback

Jim Jordan

Tweets and statements and blame don't change facts. And the facts remain the same. When you look at the document, you look at the legislation, it doesn't repeal Obamacare, referring to House Republicans' failed health care bill. Competition is fine. I've never shied away from competition. If that's what happens, that's what happens.feedback

Erin Browne

I think what markets care most about is stability in China. As long as President Trump doesn't disrupt that, which I don't think he'll do, or disrupt Chinese buying of Treasury bonds, markets will handle it quite well.feedback

Lamar Alexander

Urgent action is needed. In the Knoxville area where I live, the one remaining insurance company on the Affordable Care Act exchange has pulled out for the year 2018. So it is a near certainty that there will be zero insurance options for Tennesseans who live there and buy their insurance on the exchange.feedback

Jim Jordan

The Freedom Caucus is trying to change Washington. This bill keeps Washington the same, plain and simple. This bill doesn't repeal Obamacare, this bill doesn't lower premiums and most importantly it doesn't unite Republicans and the American people. In evidence by the fact that only 17% of the country supports this legislation. We appreciate the President and we are trying to help the President but the fact is you have to look at the legislation. It doesn't do what we told the voters we'd do and the American people understand. That's why only 17% of the population supports the legislation.feedback

Patty Murray

While Trumpcare was dealt a significant blow last week, it is clear that the terrible ideas that underpin it live on with Republicans in Congress.feedback

Fareed Zakaria

The president could return to his convictions and work with Democrats on a plan that makes sense.feedback

Nancy Pelosi

They want it to be a self-fulfilling prophecy. We must resist repeal – there's a strong sentiment for that in the country – and the second thing we must do is to stop their sabotaging of the Affordable Care Act. Is it perfect? No.feedback

Nancy Pelosi

The bill was dead. So the American people had spoken: they did not want to repeal the Affordable Care Act.feedback

Nancy Pelosi

They must take repeal off the table, and they must stop sabotaging the Affordable Care Act.feedback

Peter King - Homeland Security

You can't allow 30 to 35 people to hold the whole Republican conference hostage.feedback

Tom MacArthur

We'd rather work with our leadership. Our concern is it's not healthy for small groups of people outside the real process to be cutting side deals so we wanna work with all of our members.feedback

Dave Brat

(Trump) ran on the exact same things that we all ran on. Drain the swamp. Repeal Obamacare.feedback

Paul Ryan

Look, I understand the president's frustration. What I am encouraging our members to do is keep talking with each other until we can get the consensus to pass this bill. But it's very understandable that the president is frustrated … you all know that he does that in various forms, including Twitter. And I understand his frustration.feedback

Samantha Bee

Trump couldn't sell Obamacare repeal to a House that voted for it 60 times already. Closing deals is the one thing President Trump was supposed to know how to do. In the end, the charmer-in-chief struck out harder than the douche-y guy at the bar who goes up to every girl in the room asking, are you a model? You can't negotiate with the Freedom Caucus, Mr. President. [Former House Speaker] John Boehner could have told you that, but he's busy sipping Merlot on the beach and counting his zero fucks.feedback

Lynn Fisher

Markets adjusted expectations last week as attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act stalled and bond yields declined. Refinance applications continued to wane, falling by nearly 3 percent and comprising the lowest share of refinance applications in our survey since October of 2008. As an early gauge of spring buying activity, purchase applications for the last four weeks were all higher than the corresponding week a year ago, up an average of 4.8 percent on a year over year basis.feedback

Katrina Pierson

I guess I'm just not sure what the expectation was. This was the first attempt at health care by the Republican leadership, and it did not originate in the White House. If it's not originating in the White House, it's not our fight, it's their fight.feedback

Paul Ryan

I know he's been saying that; I don't want that to happen. You know why? Because I want a patient-centered system; I don't want government running health care. The government shouldn't tell you what you must do with your life, with your healthcare. We should give people choices.feedback

Joe Crowley

What we will do is lay out for the American people exactly what steps [Trump] can and probably will take to try to undermine the law, so they understand when he takes those actions . . . that he is the one taking away health-care coverage from millions of Americans.feedback

Donald J. Trump

It was just a beautiful evening, and so here we are. Shockingly, it's semi-bipartisan. A lot of people showed up that people weren't expecting, which is a very good thing. I know that we're all going to make a deal on health care. That's such an easy one, so I have no doubt that that's going to happen very quickly. I think it will actually–I think it's going to happen because we've all been promising, Democrat and Republican, we've all been promising that to the American people so I think a lot of good things are going to happen there.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

Sensing how pathetic they appear in giving up in only 17 days on a seven-year-old pledge to repeal and replace Obamacare, many Republicans are hesitant to admit failure. One of those is, well, President Trump, who days after pulling the GOP health-care bill proclaimed to a group of senators, “I know that we’re all going to make a deal on health care - that’s a very easy one. And I think that’s going to happen very quickly.” Huh?! (Today, White House press secretary Sean Spicer resorted to the it-was-only-a-joke defense.) This is yet another moment when Trump resembles a cringe-worthy relative popping off at a family get-together.feedback

Paul Waldman

With the Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act in tatters and President Trump’s approval ratings in the 30s, Democrats are feeling pretty good about their ability to limit the damage Republicans are able to do. But another unfolding story demonstrates that the dangers of unified GOP rule come from many different directions, and dramatic change can happen almost before you realize it.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

Whenever President Trump has run into trouble - be it a gaffe, a policy blunder, a personal scandal - he has gone to his old standby, bashing the media. His adoring base nods with approval as he and his brain trust (e.g. Stephen K. Bannon, Kellyanne Conway) throw grenades at the media as a whole as well as specific individuals who dare cross them (such as April Ryan who - gasp! - shook her head when met with press secretary Sean Spicer’s spin). In the wake of his loss on Trumpcare, it seems he cannot even count on his favorite punching bag to distract very many voters.feedback

Lynn Fisher

Markets adjusted expectations last week as attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act stalled and bond yields declined. This pushed mortgage rates down for the first time in three weeks. As an early gauge of spring buying activity, purchase applications for the last four weeks were all higher than the corresponding week a year ago, up an average of 4.8 percent on a year-over-year basis.feedback

Steve Moore

Trump needs a victory. Individual tax reform is really hard to do. It's politically risky, even though it's the right thing to do. Obviously, child care wouldn't have a place in that.feedback

Sheryl Skolnick - Mizuho Securities

Volumes in hospital land have been coming down. And even with the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, remaining intact, hospital stocks such as Tenet and its peers could start to drop, she said.feedback

Laura Kelly

I think that is exactly what changed the conversation, that we had the closure of a significant rural hospital. What you watched then was the legislators from that area . . . realizing, before an election, that, Oh, my gosh, this is really awful.feedback

John Eplee

This, in my opinion, is not Medicaid expansion in the sense that it is Obamacare. It's a Kansas plan.feedback

Nancy Pelosi

We can then discuss these suggestions in our Caucus and be prepared at the earliest possible time to go forward. It would be my hope to create a list of priorities to engage with our colleagues, with social media and advocacy groups, and perhaps even with the President. This fight has done something transformational. People who might not have been for the Affordable Care Act until they enjoyed it for three years now are like, What, you're taking that away from me?' Promising something with the thought of the Affordable Care Act, that didn't get anybody's attention. But taking it away does.feedback

Nicholas Colas - ConvergeX

Like it or not (and we get email in both directions every day), US President Donald Trump represents the latest iteration of the Hero's Journey when it comes to determining asset prices. We have essentially traded the typical Fed-Hero of the last few decades for the current President's economic agenda. That is why equity markets were so forgiving [Monday] over Friday's failure to bring the American Health Care Act to a vote in the House – simply put, heroes don't win every battle.feedback

Mark Grant - Hilltop

I think that in six or nine months you're going to see a headline on CNBC with President [Donald] Trump saying, I told you so. Obamacare had nothing to do – as in zero – with the fact that the markets have been up since the election. It's a political issue, but it's not an economic issue.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

President Trump’s belly-flop on health care may be a single, albeit humiliating defeat, or, Democrats certainly hope, the beginning of a series of catastrophic failures that render him isolated and enfeebled. As former CIA director for President Obama and chief of staff for President Bill Clinton Leon Panetta put it in an NPR interview, “The last thing you want is another loss that makes it that much tougher to be able to govern.” Unfortunately, Trump faces a series of challenges over the next several months and the potential for more losses.feedback

Lorne Grabher

I was taken aback. How can you say my name is a slogan when it is not? I've never once had anybody come up to me and say they were offended. They would look at it and say, Am I reading this right?' And I would go, Yes.' And they would go, Is this your last name?' And I would go, Yes.' And they would always just give a little chuckle. Donald Trump is a totally different person. He's ignorant. He doesn't care about anybody and I shouldn't be put in a class like him.feedback

James A. Morone

It's health care for a huge chunk of the country, and as Donald Trump discovered, it's really, really complicated to mess around with.feedback

James Comey - FBI

I have been authorized by the Department of Justice to confirm that the FBI, as part of our counterintelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election and that includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any co-ordination between the campaign and Russia's efforts. As with any counterintelligence investigation, this will also include an assessment of whether any crimes were committed.feedback

Mark Doms

The failure to pass the American Health Care Act calls into question those optimistic assumptions about the capacity of Trump and the Republican-led Congress' ability to pass complex, impactful legislation.feedback

Warren Hudak

I can't believe anybody today would look at the Affordable Care Act and say, It's working fine.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

President Trump plans to unveil a new White House office on Monday with sweeping authority to overhaul the federal bureaucracy and fulfill key campaign promises - such as reforming care for veterans and fighting opioid addiction - by harvesting ideas from the business world and, potentially, privatizing some government functions.feedback

Mick Mulvaney

We haven't been able to change Washington in the first 65 days. Is the Republican Party capable of governing? I know the man in the White House is capable of governing. I saw it this week.feedback

Eswar Prasad - The Brookings Institution

Trump may not be able to broker deals as effectively as he could in business so it's going to be rough sledding for all of his policy priorities. Government officials in China, before the vote took place, were laser focused on the health care reform vote. They really wanted it to pass. The sense was that if Mr. Trump didn't get that victory, he might be looking to some other way to placate his base and getting tough on trade, especially with China, is a very easy way to do that so there was some nervousness about that.feedback

Shin Kadota - Barclays

Concerns towards the Trump Administration have been reignited after his health care legislation setback. This is resulting in a bout of risk-aversion weighing on the dollar. There isn't much going for the dollar right now and the market will be bracing for its further decline.feedback

Jeanine Pirro

Paul Ryan needs to step down as speaker of the House. He failed to deliver the votes on his health care bill. This is not on President Trump. No one expected a businessman to completely understand the nuances, the complicated ins and outs of Washington and its legislative process.feedback

Mark Meadows

I mean, if [Democrats are] applauding, they shouldn't, because I can tell you that conversations over the last 48 hours are really about how we come together in the Republican Conference and try to get this over the finish line.feedback

Paul Ryan

Does it have to be fully offset? My personal response is no.feedback

Tom Porcelli - RBC Capital Markets

There is a widespread perception that failure to pass the health care bill somehow derails the rest of the Trump agenda. We think linking this particularly difficult legislative undertaking with the rest of the Trump is flawed. It actually presents a scenario where tax reform can potentially be accelerated.feedback

Charlie Dent

We've been here before. The only difference is now we have a Republican president and some people thought the fever might break a little bit. But apparently not.feedback

Doug Heye

It's hard to see where we can be successful, and it leads to a lot of questions as to whether Republicans can govern, even with a Republican in the White House.feedback

Michael Steel

The president is going to have a choice: to reach out to moderate Democrats and work in a bipartisan fashion or to reach out to recalcitrant Republicans in his own party that he wasn't able to get this time.feedback

James Comey - FBI

I have no information that supports [President Trump's] tweets, and we have looked carefully inside the FBI. The Department of Justice has asked me to share with you that the answer is the same for the Department of Justice and all its components.feedback

Tom Cotton

When you lose the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, the problem is not with a specific faction in the House, it's with the bill.feedback

Chuck Schumer

They're going to repeat the same mistake they made on Trumpcare with tax reform. If he changes, he could have a different presidency. He's going to have to tell them he can't work with them and we'll certainly look at his proposals. But it's going to be guided on our values.feedback

Nancy Pelosi

I extend my hand to the president if he wants to improve the Affordable Care Act. I supported single payer since before you were born.feedback

Paul Ryan

Obamacare will explode and we will all get together and piece together a great healthcare plan for THE PEOPLE. Do not worry.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Paul really worked hard. I worked as a team player. Well I think we could have had things that I would have liked more, and if we had bipartisan [support], I really think we could have a health care bill that would be the ultimate. No, I'm not betrayed. They're friends of mine. I'm disappointed because we could have had it, so I'm disappointed. I'm a little surprised, to be honest with you. We really had it. It was pretty much there within grasp. But I'll tell you what is going to come out of it is a better bill.feedback

Adam Jentleson

We didn't struggle with health care because we're stupid, we struggled with it because it is an incredibly complex, massive challenge. They convinced themselves that we were just idiots and they would quickly take care of it.feedback

Andy Harris

The person who enters the negotiation looking like they have to do the deal is in a disadvantage.feedback

Malcolm Saunders

It's ludicrous, it's like the random rubbish you get from Trump stopping people from certain countries coming into America. They don't care if holidaymakers have a long flight and don't have anything to do and they don't care about people from the Middle East. But they wouldn't do it on European flights because business people would be up in arms.feedback

Carlos Elizondo

It is clear that Trump's priority right now in terms of his agenda is to try to pass Trumpcare, and we know how long that takes. The outcome of that debate and process in the U.S. Congress will undoubtedly affect every other item on his list, including, of course, Nafta.feedback

Morgan Tilleman - Foley & Lardner

That is one of the ways that is available to monkey wrench the Affordable Care Act.feedback

Nancy Pelosi

This is pretty exciting for us, yesterday our anniversary, today a victory for the Affordable Care Act more importantly, for the American people. Tomorrow is the fifty first anniversary of Rev Martin Luther King Jnr saying in a speech…that of all of the forms of inequality, inequality in healthcare is probably the most inhumane.feedback

Bernie Sanders

What we're starting to do, for the first time in the modern history of the Democratic Party, is active grass-roots organizing. We're working with unions, we're working with senior groups, and we're working with health-care groups. We're trying to rally the American people so we can do what they want. And that is not the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.feedback

J. Mario Molina

The ball's sort of in their court. The choices they make are going to determine what happens to the marketplace.feedback

Barack Obama

Thanks to this law, more than 20 million Americans have gained the security and peace of mind of health insurance. Thanks to this law, more than 90 percent of Americans are insured – the highest rate in our history. Thanks to this law, the days when women could be charged more than men and Americans with pre-existing conditions could be denied coverage altogether are relics of the past. America is stronger because of the Affordable Care Act.feedback

Sean Spicer

The House will be voting on the American Health Care Act, the current vote is scheduled for 3:30.feedback

Paul Ryan

I will not sugarcoat this, this is a disappointing day for us. The president gave his all. … This is a setback, no two ways about it. But it is not the end of the story.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Look, we got no Democratic votes. We got none, zero. So when you get zero from the other side–they let us down because they're hurting the people. The good news is they now own health care, they now own Obamacare.feedback

Larry Levitt

The administration could do everything from actively undermining the law to trying to reshape it to moving it in a more conservative direction.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

After some high-fiving, a drink or two and wiping away their tears of joy, Democrats should reflect on what opportunities the GOP health-care fiasco has opened up. President Trump despises failure and will now be famished for a “win.” That gives Democrats the chance to make some deals.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Everybody's got to be covered. This is an un-Republican thing for me to say, because a lot of times they say, No, no, the lower 25 percent that can't afford private.' But I am going to take care of everybody. I don't care if it costs me votes or not.feedback

Carter Eskew

For President Trump, the best outcome of today’s health-care vote would be its defeat. Instead of slipping deeper into the quicksand of “repeal and replace, ” Trump can blame Congress and move on to tax reform and infrastructure investment, where there are powerful constituencies that will support him and political points to be scored. Trump isn’t policy-smart, but he is politically savvy and undoubtedly regrets tying his political fortunes to such a frail reed. When he said a few weeks ago that he never knew health care was so complicated, it had probably already dawned on him that the issue was all pain, no gain.feedback

Ana Gupte - Leerink Research

They didn't have drug pricing legislation built into this. They got a tax break. Maybe they can give some of that back to consumers in the form of co-pay assistance that may get the government off their back and the president's populist agenda gets served as well.feedback

Mike van Dulken - Accendo Markets

Calls for another flat European open come after last night's US congressional vote on repeal of Obama's Affordable Care Act (ACA) was delayed by 24hrs and US markets a shade lower. This adds to concerns that Trump lacks enough house support (even among Republicans) and that he may struggle to get approval for all the stimulus policies he pledged.feedback

Mick Mulvaney

The president has said he wants the vote tomorrow. If for any reason it goes down, we're just going to move forward with additional parts of his agenda. This is our moment in time.feedback

Walt Jones

He's there for three-and-a-half more years. He better be careful. He's got a lot of issues coming.feedback

Nancy Pelosi

As bad as TrumpCare was, Republicans have been up all night long to make it worse. They're scrambling to find a bill they can pass on the floor. I don't know if you want to call this on Trump's part a rookie's error, but you don't find a day and say we're going to pass a bill. You build a consensus in your caucus and when you're ready you set the date to bring it to the floor. But so eager were they to, I don't know, to be mean-spirited to say 'we're going to bring up this bill on the same day on the seventh anniversary of the Affordable Care Act.feedback

Chris Spear - Ata

We're the ones out there moving the economy. Rising insurance costs, administrative burdens, lack of choice ... the status quo is not acceptable to our industry, with all the people we employ. For us, it's a jobs issue. Having a good, strong health-care platform is really important to us.feedback

Barack Obama

We should start from the baseline that any changes will make our healthcare system better, not worse for hardworking Americans. That should always be our priority. America is stronger because of the Affordable Care Act.feedback

Mitch McConnell

We will reach a conclusion on health care next week. We'll either pass something that will achieve a goal that we've been working on, or not.feedback

Chris Spear - Ata

We're here to support the administration. We're very happy with the bill as proposed.feedback

Dana Peterson - Citi

Passage of the American Health Care Act vote is relevant for tax reform, but likely not in the way that markets and many observers may believe. A failure of President Trump and House Republicans to deliver on this one of two stated objectives this year would not signal the death knell for fiscal stimulus, in our view. Republicans could fail to enact the current [or any] version of repeal and replacement of Obamacare, but nonetheless achieve some notable measure of changes in the current tax code this year that may stimulate the economy.feedback

Lorne Grabher

I was taken aback. How can you say my name is slogan when it is not? Where does the province of Nova Scotia and the government of Nova Scotia get the right to discriminate against a person's name? I've never once had anybody come up to me and say they were offended. They would look at it and say, Am I reading this right?' And I would go, Yes.' And they would go, Is this your last name?' And I would go, Yes.' And they would always just give a little chuckle. Donald Trump is a totally different person. He's ignorant. He doesn't care about anybody and I shouldn't be put in a class like him.feedback

Chuck Schumer

What are you gonna say to them, Vice President Pence? Under Trumpcare, this progress would evaporate and devastate Hoosiers. So one has to wonder, if Vice President Pence isn't looking out for his own state, who is he looking out for? We know who. The very wealthy in America.feedback

Ted Yoho

We're getting closer. If we don't [really] repeal this, we're going to be left with a skeleton of the Affordable Care Act.feedback

Michael McFaul

After the vote results came in last November, many Russians close to the Kremlin celebrated. “Our Trump” - or #TrumpNash, as they tweeted - had been elected president of the United States. Few in Moscow expected Donald Trump to win, but many Russians wanted him to win, including Vladimir Putin. The Russian president so passionately supported the Republican candidate and despised Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton that he brazenly tried to influence our presidential election. As FBI Director James B. Comey described on Monday, the Russians “were unusually loud in their intervention, ” violating our sovereignty by meddling in one of our most sacred acts as a democracy and not seeming to care if they were exposed. The Russian theft and then publication of private data from the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta produced a significant impact on our electoral process. The DNC chair was forced to resign and Democratic supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) became more enraged at Clinton, causing many of them to stay home on Election Day. Clinton’s image was damaged continuously by daily media coverage of these stolen emails. Of course, many factors combined to produce Trump’s victory, but Putin’s intervention most certainly played a contributing role.feedback

Joe Biden

This is not going to pass. The reality is clear: America is stronger because of the Affordable Care Act.feedback

Barack Obama

And reality continues to discredit the false claim that this law is in a 'death spiral,' because while it's true that some premiums have risen, the vast majority of Marketplace enrollees have experienced no average premium hike at all. So the reality is clear: America is stronger because of the Affordable Care Act. But we should start from the baseline that any changes will make our health care system better, not worse for hardworking Americans. That should always be our priority.feedback

Scott Perry

How can you talk about repealing the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, without repealing the essential health benefits?feedback

Dan Kildee

Under Trumpcare, middle class families will pay more for less care, and 24 million Americans may lose their coverage altogether.feedback

Jim Jordan

Our job is to do just what Mark Meadows said – to do what we told the American people we were going to do when they gave us the privilege to serve. And this bill doesn't do that. This bill does not repeal Obamacare. And that fundamentally is why we are opposed to it. And unless it changes, I do not see the votes there to pass this legislation.feedback

Dan Donovan - Giant Eagle

My goal for this whole process was to help the people that it harmed without harming the people that it helped.feedback

Brent Gardner - Agence France Presse

Republicans in Congress promised a full repeal of Obamacare, but the current plan falls far short. We simply cannot support this bill and commit to standing with champions in the House who also oppose the continuation of Obamacare.feedback

Ted Yoho

As long as that's there, we do not have a repeal of the Affordable Care Act.feedback

William A. Galston - The Brookings Institution

The Trump agenda is like a one-lane road with this big truck called 'health care' in the lead. If that truck breaks down, everything else will back up.feedback

Michael Arone - State Street Global Advisors

The way I view it is if you're on the Trump train, you're kind of stuck in between stations right now. The idea is he could very well get the votes needed, and that would clear the way for health care reform and then, tax reform comes next. The probability of that happening seem to be lower than they were just a few days ago. It's certainly unnerved the market. I think the Republicans and markets generally overplayed their hands. They had the presidency and both houses of congress so everything was going to be a slam dunk. Obviously that was not going to be the case.feedback

Byron Wien - The Blackstone Group

I definitely think that focusing on the Affordable Care Act first was a mistake. Obama made the same mistake. He focused on health care, and he should have been focusing on job creation after the recession of 2008-09. Trump should have focused on his economic program and put the Affordable Care Act on the back burner, but maybe circumstances dictated that he couldn't set the priorities that way. I definitely think it was a mistake, but it's been made, and now he has to deal with it.feedback

Ron Wyden

It's terrible for seniors. Trumpcare forces older Americans to pay 5 times the amount younger Americans will–an age tax–and slashes Medicaid benefits for nursing home care that two out of three Americans in nursing homes rely on.feedback

Chuck Schumer

The Trumpcare bill is not a health-care bill – it's a reduce-taxes-on-the-wealthy bill. Republicans should, once and for all, work with us to improve the Affordable Care Act and renounce repeal.feedback

James Davis

Network organizations will stand with principled lawmakers who will oppose the House health care proposal.feedback

Mike Conaway

If it fails there are going to be a lot of people who are looking for work in 2018.feedback

Devin Nunes

For me, this health care bill is an absolute no-brainer. Any conservative group who opposes it, I don't even understand how they can categorize themselves as being a conservative group.feedback

Joe Biden

I ain't going anywhere, this is not going to pass. This bill was about peace of mind for Americans to finally, finally, finally, finally be able to lie there and know that God forbid something happens like has happened to [an] awful lot of us, that, I'm not going to lose my house. I'm not going to lose everything. I'm not going to leave my family in distress. Except they've got a president now who is a little more colorful.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I'll get Congress. I've been getting politicians to pass whatever I wanted for my whole life. You know, it's sort of interesting, nobody has more experience dealing with politicians than I do. I've been dealing with them all my life. Whether it's big New York City zoning deals – which, by the way, are probably tougher than most of the things I'll be dealing with with foreign countries.feedback

Mark Dayton

The Affordable Care Act has many good features to it, it's achieved great success in terms of insuring more people – 20 million people across the country – and providing access for people who have preexisting conditions and the like. But it's got some serious blemishes and serious deficiencies. And we're going to need both state and federal governments to step in and do what they need to do to remedy these problems.feedback

Mitch McConnell

I would hate to be a Republican whose vote prevented us from keeping the commitment we've made to the American people for almost 10 years now. We'll have an amendment process here in the Senate, and at the end of that process, we'll send a bill to the one person who can sign it into law, and that's the president of the United States.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

President Trump’s breathtaking lack of interest in or grasp of policy made his appearance on Capitol Hill in favor of Trumpcare pathetically underwhelming. The Post reports.feedback

Paul Ryan

President Trump was here to do what he does best, and that is to close the deal. He is all in and we are all in to end this Obamacare nightmare. This is our chance and this is our moment. It's a big moment. And I think our members are beginning to appreciate just what kind of a rendezvous with destiny we have right here.feedback

Mark Meadows

I serve at the pleasure of the people of North Carolina. When you serve at their pleasure, it's only those 750,000 people that can send you home and it's a temporary job and I've known that since Day One.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

No great political acumen or psychology degree is necessary to conclude that President Trump is highly susceptible to flattery. It’s little wonder then that House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), desperate to pass GOP health-care reform or at least not be blamed if it fails, keeps talking about what a terrific “closer” Trump is.feedback

Mark Meadows

They're already whipping with a whip that's about 10 feet long and five feet wide. I'm trying to let my members vote the way that their constituents would want them to vote. . . . I think they're all very aware of the political advantages and disadvantages. This is a defining moment for our nation, but it's also a defining moment for the Freedom Caucus. There are core things within this bill as it currently stands that would violate some of the principles of the Freedom Caucus.feedback

Jim Jordan

Nothing's changed. We've still got lots of problems with this bill. . . . The president's a good man, and the White House has been great to work with, but opposition is still strong with our group.feedback

Ted Cruz

The Senate Democrats are engaging in absolute opposition and obstruction, and it is difficult to see that changing anytime soon.feedback

Benjamin Wittes - The Brookings Institution

[W]e learned that there is an open-ended Russia investigation with no timetable for completion, one that's going hang over Trump's head for a long time, and one to which the FBI director is entirely committed.feedback

Sean Spicer

General Flynn was a volunteer of the campaign. Paul Manafort who played a very limited role, for a very limited amount of time.feedback

Mark Meadows

They're already whipping with a whip that's about 10 feet long and 5 feet wide. I'm trying to let my members vote the way that their constituents would want them to vote.feedback

Paul Ryan

With this amendment, we accelerate tax relief, give states additional options to spend health care dollars how they choose, strengthen what were already substantial pro-life protections, and ensure there are necessary resources to help older Americans and the disabled. With the president's leadership and support for this historic legislation, we are now one step closer to keeping our promise to the American people and ending the Obamacare nightmare.feedback

Donald J. Trump

It's important to realize how we got to Obamacare in the first place. Back in 2009 and 2010, House and Senate Democrats forced through a 2,700 page health care bill that no one read and no one understood. They ignored the public, they ignored the voters, and they jammed a massive failed health care takeover right through Congress. I look forward to working with [holdout Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)] so we can get this bill passed – in some form – so that we can pass massive tax reform, which we can't do until this happens.feedback

Mike Conaway

If we fail to get it done, fail to [meet] the promises made by all of us, including the president, then it could have a very detrimental effect to Republicans in '18 who are running for re-election. If it fails, then there will be a lot of people looking for work in 2018.feedback

Donald J. Trump

"We're going to be doing some trade deals as soon as we get the health care finished – oh, I'm looking forward to these trade deals,"feedback

Jennifer Rubin

If you watch the Sunday shows you’ll quickly see the GOP’s circular reasoning: To drive down insurance premium costs you have to remove the insurance mandates, but that’s not in the bill. It comes later, they say, but their fellow Republicans candidly acknowledge that later means “never.”.feedback

Justine Kitija Smeltere

I think Trump wants everything to be great in America but he doesn't care about Europe and he doesn't care about us. I'm really afraid of Russian interference. It's very close to the border and I don't want to be the first participant of World War III.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

President Trump is having no success selling the American Health Care Act to voters, according to a new Huffington Post/YouGov poll.feedback

Terry Garrett - Sustaining Technologies

I think it's kind of doubtful right now, looking at the Trump administration. Let's see them do health care first, round up immigrants, build a wall.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Only because everyone knows it's on its last, dying feet, the fake news is trying to say good things about it, the fake media. There is no good news about Obamacare. Obamacare's dead. And there is no good news about Obamacare. Obamacare's dead. Now, we could wait for six months or a year, and let it happen. It's not the right thing to do for the people. And we're going to take care of people at all levels. So I just want to let the world know I am 100 percent in favor. Obamacare is not an alternative. It's not there. It's dead. Dead.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I also want everyone to know that all of these no's or potential no's are all yeses. Every single person sitting in this room is now a yes. We're going to have a health care plan that's going to be second to none. It's going to be great. And the people will see that. By the way, it will take a little while because before it all kicks in and welds together, it takes a little while.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We have come up with a solution that's really, really I think very good. Now, I have to tell you, it's an unbelievably complex subject. Nobody knew health care could be so complicated.feedback

Steve Scalise

If they want to make additional changes, that's called the legislative process, and we would encourage their ideas. We're just happy to get this bill passed through the House.feedback

Jason Pye

Based on what I'm hearing, it's not enough to get us on board with it.feedback

Charla McComic

I think it was just because of the tax credit. So far, everything's been positive, from what I can tell. I just hope that more and more people and children get covered under this new health-care plan. Trump! Trump! Vote for Trump.feedback

Nancy Ware

He gets penalized on his income taxes, while these people that don't know how to pull their pants up can go get it for free. Nothing is in concrete yet. Give the man a chance. Until you hear it from Donald J. Trump himself – and not the news media – then don't even worry about it. Wait until you hear the man say it, because he will tweet it, he will Facebook it or he will go onto national television and tell everybody at the same time.feedback

Sharon Cox

People are going to die, and that's the bottom line. People are going to die because of what we're doing with this legislation. As the funding goes away, as people can't afford the insurance that they need, as they wait longer for the care that they need, people are going to die. And, frankly, I think that's the bottom line.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We will take care of our people, or I'm not signing it. If we're not going to take care of the people, I'm not signing anything.feedback

Donald J. Trump

The House legislation does so much for you. It gives the states Medicaid flexibility and some of the states will take over their health care. Governor Rick Scott in Florida said, just send me the money. They run a great plan. We have states that are doing great. It gives great flexibility.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

Wednesday was arguably the worst day of the Trump presidency - at least since he went to the CIA headquarters to insist his inauguration crowd was bigger than President Obama’s. His second Muslim travel ban was put on hold by another federal judge. His health-care bill is taking on water. In his Michigan appearance he did not even mention it. In Tennessee he seemed intent on getting it behind him. (The Post reported, “Though health-care reform was a major promise of his campaign and a signature pillar of the Republican Party’s platform for most of the last seven years, Trump made it clear Wednesday that he would much rather be dealing with the tax code than with health care, which he recently said ‘nobody knew’ could be so ‘complicated.'”).feedback

Mark Meadows

I think he is looking for amendments to be made to make it better.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Wednesday that his health-care proposal must change to pass the House, marking a significant retreat from his earlier position that the carefully crafted legislation would fail if substantially altered.feedback

Stephen Northrup

This is probably the last best chance for Republicans to replace the Affordable Care Act and put something in its place that is a conservative vision for health care.feedback

Andy Slavitt

Nobody I know really cares whether we call it Obamacare or Trumpcare or Ryancare, and quite frankly, we'll end up in a better world when we call it none of those things. It wasn't great for Democrats to be the only ones owning coverage reform. Republicans are finding out it isn't great either. Everybody can own this together, because there will inevitably be challenges.feedback

Tom Reynolds

I don't think there's enough room for him to cut and run from Ryan and do his own deal because the bill sits on a tight-rope.feedback

Donald J. Trump

It's very preliminary. A lot of things aren't consistent. But these are going to be negotiated. ... We will take care of our people or I'm not signing it, OK, just so you understand. It's going to get all mixed up and we're going to come up with something. We always do.feedback

Donald J. Trump

The bill that I will ultimately sign - and that will be a bill where everybody is going to get into the room and we're going to get it done - we'll get rid of Obamacare and make health care better for you and for your family.feedback

Joe Crowley

I think the likelihood of them trying to massage moderate Republicans is a dream at this point. They're more likely to try to massage the right-wing members of the caucus, the Freedom Caucus. I'd suggest: Keep trying, keep working on ways to moderate this bill, so that it works in ways that the Affordable Care Act is already working.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

After a few days of horrible news coverage of his health-care plan and his unfounded allegations that President Obama wiretapped him, President Trump’s poll numbers, according to Gallup, hit a new level of awfulness - 55 percent disapprove and 39 percent approve. There is reason to believe the American Health Care Act (or “Trumpcare”) is a significant part of his problem.feedback

Stan Greenberg

Nothing has happened that has broken their trust in him and their belief that they cast the right kind of vote. That doesn't mean it won't break at some point, but it gives him a lot of space for now. They also know regular Republicans were not with him. They're very conscious of this. Repairing health care is what they expect him to do. If it doesn't happen, though, I believe they will think it's because of the Republicans in Congress first and foremost, rather than Trump.feedback

Bill Cassidy

President Trump said that he wants as many people covered as under 'Obamacare'. He said that health care should be affordable. If there's 14 million people losing insurance, of course it's concerning. I try to avoid hyperbole and adjectives, but it's concerning.feedback

Donald J. Trump

It's going to be great. The House has put forward a plan to repeal and replace Obamacare [the Affordable Care Act], based on the principles I outlined in my joint address. Let me tell you, we're going to arbitrate, we're going to get together, we're going to get something done.feedback

Larry Levitt

This report is a reminder that while there's a big debate in Washington about the future of the Affordable Care Act, the law remains in place for now and is covering millions of people.feedback

Kellyanne Conway

The White House response is that he's not going to release his tax returns. We litigated this all through the election. People didn't care. They voted for him. And let me make this very clear. Most Americans are very focused on what their tax returns will look like while President Trump is in office, not what his look like. But on this matter of tax returns, people keep a – they want to keep litigating what happened in the campaign. People want to know that they're going to get tax relief and he has promised that.feedback

Cynthia Cox

In Alaska, a 60-year old couple making $40,000 per year would lose out on tax credits amounting to $45,000 per year. And that doesn't even account for the higher premiums under a 5:1 age band – so their net premium increase would almost certainly exceed their income. Adding to this the higher premiums under the 5:1 age band, it's very likely that older couples in these states would also have premium increases that equal or exceed their annual incomes.feedback

Cynthia Cox

Their main complaint was that their premiums were too high, or their deductibles were too high.feedback

Joan Quinlan

There's no question, the Affordable Care Act required us to bump up our game. It's going to be hard.feedback

Chuck Schumer

Trumpcare is a wreck, and we all knew that before the Congressional Budget Office released its surprisingly scathing score last night. The Republicans' own hand-picked CBO director confirmed what Democrats have said all along. Trumpcare would be a nightmare for the American people, causing tens of millions to lose coverage.feedback

Greg Sargent

On Tuesday morning, the White House kept up its attacks on the Congressional Budget Office, which has found, devastatingly, that the GOP health-care plan supported by President Trump would result in 24 million fewer people with health coverage. As budget director Mick Mulvaney put it on Fox News: “Welcome to Washington, where the CBO says it’s sunny and 75 degrees.”.feedback

Adam Gaffney

Trumpcare does nothing but serve the rich at the expense of the poor and the sick. This is no freedom – it is a form of oppression. Paul Ryan is promoting Trumpcare as if it were some sort of medical Magna Carta – a brave declaration of healthcare freedom. “We’re not going to make an American do what they don’t want to do. You get it [healthcare] if you want it. That’s freedom” he recently said on Face the Nation. Freedom to die uninsured, that is.feedback

Alejandra Campoverdi

And that means keeping the pressure on Republicans, that means keeping the pressure on President Trump, and also using every megaphone possible to hold folks accountable to the realities of what a lack of access to health care really means and what's really at stake.feedback

Alejandra Campoverdi

I don't trust Donald Trump – or Republicans – to be honest about my health care. President Trump needs to think about how his disastrous policies are going to affect women and women's health. And holding him accountable for that is something that I plan to do and to do very boldly. Where I come from, there's no other way than to speak truth to power. I don't come from the privilege of being able to be quiet, and I'm not intimidated by that at all.feedback

John Oliver

This plan is literally taking money from the poor and giving it to the very rich. It's essentially a reverse Bernie Sanders, which is actually also the name of a sex act consisting of very aggressive fingering.feedback

John Oliver

That is over two-thirds less. And it's not one of those two-thirds decreases that you barely notice, like when Robin and Barry of the Bee Gees died. I'm kidding – Barry is fine. Robin and Maurice are dead. Or are they? The point is, they are. Although, to be fair, I have no idea. You don't either, and I don't see either of us Googling it anytime soon. Trump is not clamoring to put his name on this bill, and he has put his name on some of the shittiest products in human history.feedback

John Oliver

Saddle up, partner. For tonight, you ride again. Who better to tell Trump what this bill will do than someone who stands to be hurt by it? Someone in his early 60s, in rural America, with an unspecified medical problem that requires constant treatment? A not-insignificant percentage of this bill is focused on the urgent matter of what if one poor suddenly becomes less poor. I'm honestly surprised they didn't devote a section that covered what would happen in the event of a 'Freaky Friday'-type situation.feedback

John Oliver

It's like if the people of Pompeii voted for the volcano. I know you get to define your own self-interest, but I wish you hadn't voted for that volcano.feedback

John Oliver

This bill seems almost universally hated in Washington. It is truly the Ted Cruz of health-care legislation.feedback

John Oliver

I've been cowboying for 25 years and there's two things I know: I don't like pain when I cath, and health care is a complicated business.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

Not so long ago, President Trump vowed that “everybody” would be covered under the Republican replacement for the Affordable Care Act. On Sunday, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price vowed that “nobody will be worse off financially” under the GOP’s American Health Care Act, an assertion so preposterous that it makes President Obama’s “You can keep your doctor” declaration seem trivial.feedback