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U.S. Speaker Ryan dented by healthcare debacle, but keeps support

By Susan Cornwell

 

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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) holds a news conference after Republicans pulled the American Health Care Act bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act act known as Obamacare, prior to a vote at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, March 24, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan on Friday acknowledged the unthinkable for a Republican leader: he could not deliver the votes to repeal and replace Obamacare, even though he and his fellow Republicans had vowed to do so for seven years.

 

Nevertheless, Ryan's job did not seem to be under immediate threat, at least not in the House of Representatives he leads.

 

Ryan's long-time news media nemesis, the website Breitbart, said Republicans were "openly discussing" finding a replacement for him after he pulled a bill to roll back Obamacare from the House floor just minutes before an intensely awaited final vote. The Breitbart article did not quote anyone by name.

 

In the House, just after the bill was pulled, several lawmakers brushed aside suggestions that the failure spelled trouble for Ryan, the 2012 Republican vice presidential candidate, who many have speculated has presidential ambitions.

 

Ryan, 47, has been speaker since October 2015. Under the law, he is next in line to the presidency after Vice President Mike Pence.

 

Republican Representative Justin Amash, a harsh critic of the ill-fated healthcare bill, told reporters, "We can do better with the legislative process." But, he added, "Nobody is talking about" trying to oust Ryan as speaker.

 

Amash had disparagingly dubbed the Republican healthcare bill "Obamacare 2.0," after Democratic former President Barack Obama's signature domestic policy achievement, the 2010 Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare.

 

Amash is a member of the hard-line conservative Freedom Caucus, which in 2015 ousted Ryan's predecessor as speaker, John Boehner, from the post. The caucus played a key role in the demise of the healthcare bill.

 

Ryan chose to make healthcare reform the first target on a list of legislative goals for the new Republican-majority Congress. He admitted on Friday that he was disappointed by the outcome.

 

Republicans faced resistance to the healthcare bill from both conservatives and moderates, making the process of winning passage difficult for the leadership.

 

Republican Representative Joe Barton, asked about the impact of Friday's loss on Ryan, told reporters: "The speaker is a human being. He's not Superman."

 

Republican Representative Barry Loudermilk, who backed the healthcare bill, said he didn't think the loss weakened the speaker's hand.

 

One Republican lawmaker who has been considered potential speaker material, Representative Jeb Hensarling of Texas, effusively praised Ryan, saying he had shown "phenomenal leadership."

 

"It is my hope that we can regroup and rally behind him (Ryan) and the president as a conference to deliver on our promise" to dismantle Obamacare, Hensarling said in a statement.

 

 
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He's a schmuck.

 

"if Ryan can’t get his members in line on the one thing they all campaigned on for six years, it’s hard to imagine how he’ll get everybody in line for anything else. His authority will be considerably weaker after this debacle. He might not even survive as speaker."

 

"the real winner of this fiasco will likely be the Steve Bannon wing of the Trump administration"

 

http://www.vox.com/polyarchy/2017/3/24/15049760/trump-force-health-care-vote?yptr=yahoo

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Being Speaker of the House under Republican rule is a bit like trying to herd cats. I remember when Boehner stepped down (no big loss) and there was a vacuum of people saying "not it" in a rush to run away from the Speaker position. Ryan, himself, didn't want the job but was corralled into it. I think he finds himself in over his head. The bigger test will be coming up in the tax reform bill. We shall see what kind of leader Ryan can be in trying to get enough votes among the GOP factions to pass tax reform.

 

This Health Care bill hurt him politically. He is targeting a future POTUS position and needs a major win to get his name out of the mud and back into the spotlight. The next few months will determine what kind of leader he will be or if he gets chewed up and tossed aside.

 

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His real test is when it's time to raise the  debt limit.  The Dems will try and shut down the Government unless there is a sweetener thrown in. A Good Speaker can make it happen without acrimony. Let's see what this one's got and how Trump will react. 

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5 hours ago, Silurian said:

Being Speaker of the House under Republican rule is a bit like trying to herd cats. I remember when Boehner stepped down (no big loss) and there was a vacuum of people saying "not it" in a rush to run away from the Speaker position. Ryan, himself, didn't want the job but was corralled into it. I think he finds himself in over his head. The bigger test will be coming up in the tax reform bill. We shall see what kind of leader Ryan can be in trying to get enough votes among the GOP factions to pass tax reform.

 

This Health Care bill hurt him politically. He is targeting a future POTUS position and needs a major win to get his name out of the mud and back into the spotlight. The next few months will determine what kind of leader he will be or if he gets chewed up and tossed aside.

 

A good read. He is the leader of a house full of  "politicians" that are fast approaching their day of reckoning. Their best before date has passed. As their fateful day approaches they are mindful of the fact that the Trump effect is wearing off and they better produce or their goose is cooked. 

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9 hours ago, rijb said:

He's a schmuck.

 

"if Ryan can’t get his members in line on the one thing they all campaigned on for six years, it’s hard to imagine how he’ll get everybody in line for anything else. His authority will be considerably weaker after this debacle. He might not even survive as speaker."

 

"the real winner of this fiasco will likely be the Steve Bannon wing of the Trump administration"

 

http://www.vox.com/polyarchy/2017/3/24/15049760/trump-force-health-care-vote?yptr=yahoo

Steve Bannon the SB maker 

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