The president bragged about his deal-making skills during the campaign. Now comes the moment of truth. - From Newsweek
Even with a sizable Republican majority in the House, party leaders have been struggling to win the internal support they need to pass their health care bill, which would strip away most of the taxes and requirements levied under Obamacare and pare back Medicaid, among other things.
Representative Mark Meadows of North Carolina, the head of the conservative Freedom Caucus, told reporters he was still a “no” on the bill, even after the president called him out by name at the morning meeting and encouraged him to change his mind, joking that he’d “come after” Meadows in the next election if he didn’t do so.
On the flip side, the greatest risk for members like Meadows, who represent safely conservative districts with active Tea Party bases, is a primary challenge from the right.
Trump is struggling to broker a deal with fellow Republicans on a health care overhaul.
Kevin Lamarque/REUTERS The other problem for Trump is that he isn’t the final word in this particular deal, as he would be with, say, negotiations for a new golf club venture.