Published: Sun, March 26, 2017
Entertaiment | By Simon Arnold

Sean Spicer addresses Republican health care vote


"Any lobbying for the health care bill violates that ban". So it's a wide-open question where the administration and Republicans more broadly go from here.

Even as Spicer was briefing the press corps, Ryan traveled to the White House to meet with Trump about the future of his signature effort.

The House vote is moving forward on Friday as planned, he said. He also argued if the bill fails, there will be no negative impact on passing the rest of President Trump's agenda, mainly tax reform and an infrastructure bill. "The president understands this is it".

"But at the end of the day, this isn't a dictatorship". "Is the president humbled by the process?" "Every meeting, every call, every discussion, every idea has been out there, adjudicated, listened to and now it's time to vote", Spicer said.

The reporter tried to jump back in, pointing out that there have been reports stating that there will not be enough votes for the bill to pass. "It's something that we haven't seen in this country since 1986", Spicer said. In other words, based on this reporting, the bill had very little chance of success. Asked whether there was an alternative plan to the current bill, Spicer replied: "No.it's going to pass".

"I would venture to guess that they'll start pulling out of the individual market because of that kind of uncertainty", he said.

The White House made several attempts in recent weeks to pressure House Republicans to rally behind the ObamaCare repeal and replace legislation, the American Health Care Act, which several dozen Republicans opposed.

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