Ryan: Trump is ‘all in’ on GOP’s ObamaCare replacement

Greg Nash

House Speaker Paul Ryan said there’s no daylight between congressional leaders and the White House as Republicans look to move forward with their controversial plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

Speaking with CNN on Wednesday afternoon, the Wisconsin Republican described President Trump as “all in” on leadership’s legislation, known as the American Health Care Act. 

“We’re working hand in glove with the White House. We meet with them daily, we’ve worked on this bill together, we jointly drafted this legislation — House, Senate and White House,” Ryan said. 

{mosads}”They are fully invested on this.” 

Ryan’s comments come as more conservative members of the House continue to balk at legislation they say does not go far enough to remove government from healthcare, while moderates worry it goes too far in hastening the demise of Medicaid. 

Trump allies have begun to distance themselves from the bill as its chances of passage become unclear.

Trump confidante and Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy wrote on his website that Trump should “ditch” the more conservative members of the House Freedom Caucus and shift to the moderates’ position. Meanwhile, Breitbart News, the conservative website once led by top Trump adviser Stephen Bannon, has lambasted the plan as too weak. 

Ryan bucked that criticism, arguing that while he and the White House can’t control outside allies, it is not “something, frankly, we are worried about.” 

Both the White House and congressional leadership have admitted they are open to amending the bill before its final vote in order to gain wider approval. When asked for examples on issues he’d look at, Ryan said that he wants to find a way to give states “Medicaid flexibility.”

“We feel we’re in a good spot and making it even better by getting feedback from our members and working with the white house to make it better,” he added. 

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