Trump's intervention in the debate over an unpopular ACA revision put forth by House Speaker
Doctors, hospitals, insurers and seniors have all weighed in against the Ryan plan, framing the broader debate over Obamacare's fate primarily on how many Americans could lose coverage.
In news conferences, interviews and PowerPoint presentations, Ryan's sales pitch has been directed not at industry opponents, but at the
"This reflects a Republican consensus, and that's the point. It's a consensus bill," Ryan told conservative radio host
Members of the caucus, which has never revealed who belongs but includes at least 30
They've won praise from conservative media. They've gotten face time with the president and vice president of
They've surmised that the American Health Care Act, as Ryan's proposal to revise the ACA is called, cannot pass without their votes. And they say they think that the
At the same time, there are few signs that the conservatives' demands will actually be met. Ryan has made clear that revisions to please the
"What we hear from the
The question is whether the caucus is being given a seat at the table -- or being snowed.
"There hasn't been the old days of let's do a rah-rah and try to run everyone over," said Rep.
Conservatives see the elevation of former caucus member Mulvaney to the
Similarly, conservatives say they see the past week's huddles with Trump and his aides -- more, including a get-together at the
Trump is an X factor hovering over all of it. His popularity in virtually all of the
"Will the iron fist come out?" Hewitt asked. "And will he put people up to run in primaries if they obstruct what is, I think, a moment-killing obstruction at this point? We've got to get this, or the rest doesn't follow."
It's worth noting that the 2016 elections did not go as well for the
The president endorsed the
All of it preserves uncertainty about what actually will happen -- and who will get what they want.
"When he gets information from everybody, before the final decision is made, somebody might say, 'Well, I had a great conversation with him,' " said Rep.
In many ways, the debate resembles one that has bedeviled
That idea largely lost out to a combination of insurance exchanges and tax subsidies, which provided
The more resolute
On Tuesday morning,
"I might be the last person trying to prevent the
That may change. The American Action Network, a 501(c)(4) that's already spent
Some conservatives appear to understand the potential power of such messaging.
"My sense is that the president doesn't care about the particular policy," said Rep.
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