U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan says on CBS News' 'Face the Nation' program, ''I believe we can get 51 votes out of the Senate'' for the Republican plan to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan says "I believe we can get 51 votes out of the Senate" for the Republican plan to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system. Speaking on CBS News' 'Face the Nation' program, Ryan said "this is what the legislative process looks like... people are going to try to negotiate." "Negotiations and compromises occur when you're writing law and what we're seeing and hearing is just that," Ryan said. The plan backed by President Donald Trump to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system cleared its first hurdles in Congress on Thursday, but its chances for passage looked uncertain and top Republicans scrambled to bring disgruntled conservatives aboard. In the face of opposition by Democrats, healthcare providers and many conservatives, two House of Representatives committees approved the legislation that would undo much of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, moving it closer to a vote before the full House. The Energy and Commerce Committee voted 31-23 along party lines, with Democrats unified against it, to back the plan after marathon proceedings lasting 27 straight hours. Hours earlier, the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee similarly voted 23-16 before dawn to approve it after working 17 straight hours.