“The worst thing you can possibly do in a deal is seem desperate to make it. That makes the other guy smell blood, and then you’re dead.”
— Donald Trump
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has been one of the most vocal critics of Obamacare for years. He is also one of the most vocal critics of the GOP’s replacement bill that he’s dubbed “Obamacare-Lite” and others have called “Ryancare.” Senator Paul argues that the GOP bill is only slightly better than Obamacare and that it doesn’t really fix the most fundamental problems with the entire system. He has also explained that the most basic issue is that it simply continues the trend of government control of the healthcare industry.
Recently, he met with the House “Freedom Caucus” in an effort to convince them to stand united against the Healthcare deal. (The Freedom Caucus is a group of Congressmen who are conservative and libertarian-leaning ideologues, and are typically harder to break or buy than other politicians are.) He began his pitch by explaining how President Trump would advise them to proceed, using the President’s book “the Art of the Deal.”
“Right now, what I’m hearing at the White House the other day, I heard that they’re already giving this, giving this, giving that, so you have to decide to you like the bill, or are you with some of us who would like to do a clean repeal.”
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has not been as vocally critical of the GOP bill, but he has been cautious and he’s encouraging his fellow Congressmen to also be cautious with their support of the deal. While there are concerns for President Trump, Paul Ryan, and the GOP leadership if the bill fails… there could be BIGGER problems for the Party if the bill passes and then doesn’t fix our healthcare problems.
“If we lower premiums, that’s a victory for the American people… If Republicans hold a big press conference and pat ourselves on the back that we have repealed Obamacare, and everyone’s premiums keep going up, people will be ready to tar and feather us in the streets — and rightly,” Cruz argued.