Vice President Pence arrived at the summer meeting of the National Governors Association with a single mission: to revive the Republican plan’s blatant support of rewriting the nation’s health laws.
Instead of waking up in the port of Providence, RI, Pence was greeted with a frozen skepticism Friday when the law was launched, which would reduce federal funding for Medicaid and eliminate the coverage of dozens of United States.
Monday night, when President Trump and Pence met a group of Republican senators in the Blue Hall of the White House on agnolotti plates of ricotta lemon and meat with grilled ribs, the measure was almost dead.
“The president spoke of France and Bastille Day,” said Senator Steve Daines (R-Mont.) In an interview Tuesday, recalling the president’s stories at the dinner parades and the bomb his recent trip to Paris .
Daines described the group’s conversation, which also addressed issues ranging from health to debt limit, as cowards – as if Trump “sat down and lived with friends, acquaintances, people who work. Talk about what’s going on. ”
At the end of dinner, it came true. Two other Republican senators suddenly bolted to support the health care bill, which helped raise the total number of Republicans who oppose four and kill him.
“I was very surprised when two people left last night,” Trump told reporters Tuesday. “We thought they were in good shape.”
However, the dramatic collapse of the Republican Party’s Senate proposal has not surprised many, especially those who are intimately involved in a business that was stuck and worsened as the House of Representatives approved its version in May.
The unrest Monday night was a turning point after weeks of discontent within the party over whether the passage of the law made sense.
Nearly all Republican senators were eager to check the cash repeal and the replacement of the Affordable Care Act, which they had opposed for a long time – but many of them were also worried about the possible costs of raising a law had a deep root In the United States, has increased in popularity and is supported by some Republican governors.
Moderates were always bad for the drastic cuts in Medicaid with the opposition of many of their rulers. Conservatives were still not satisfied with the scope of legislation in the Senate, which, according to them, does not go far enough to avoid the law.
And Trump often disengages himself, turning sporadically and making calls to senators on the field, but he avoided selling the project to the kind of large meetings he often takes on issues he defends.
“I have been clear for some time, and probably evident to the leaders, as much as 10 Republicans were uncomfortable with the bill and thought to vote against the motion to proceed,” Senator.
Susan Collins (R-Maine), a critic of the bill, said in an interview Tuesday. “So it’s surprising that after the administration has failed to win the governors this weekend, there was only an acknowledgment that Bill was a problem, probably fatal.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Who has long cultivated a reputation operator, found himself almost impossible to bypass the conference amid growing concerns.