The GOP Establishment won’t have the conservatives in the House to kick around if they can’t pass their most recent attempt at repealing and replacing Obamacare. New reports reveal that almost every member of the conservative wing of the House GOP has agreed to support the latest repeal bill but sadly, the moderates seem to have become more zealous in their opposition.
While the conservatives have been the “whipping boy” for GOP failures for many years, the blame has become increasingly more intense as the GOP has come to dominate the government. However, the battle over Obamacare repeal has, I think, proven that some in the GOP don’t actually want to repeal Obamacare. Shocking, I know. These are the same GOP legislators who have spent years campaigning against Obamacare, but now given the choice between Obamacare and more freedom… they are choosing the slavery and government oppression that is Obamacare.
(A short aside for the GOP – this is why everyone hates you. This is why you are just as unpopular as the Democrats. You told us that you would repeal and replace Obamacare, now you’re trying to save as much of it as you can? Ridiculous.)
Thankfully, it seems that after some work on the original GOP leadership bill, House conservatives have all (almost) grudgingly signed on because the bill improves on our current healthcare situation.
“My understanding is all but two Freedom Caucus members are yesses,” a GOP aide told the Washington Examiner…
Various sources calculate Republicans are now about a half-dozen votes short of the 216 they need for passage, and the leadership is unlikely to call a vote if there is any risk of support collapsing on the House floor, which is more likely when margins are close. That estimate means there are about 26 to 28 Republicans who don’t support the bill right now.
“A lot of your yesses are yesses who don’t want to be yesses,” the aide said, adding that the GOP leadership has sent the signal that, “they think they will get there,” and will ultimately hold a vote this week…
House Freedom Caucus chairman Mark Meadows (R-NC) wouldn’t give an exact count on how many of the conservative House Freedom Caucus members had agreed to support the bill, but he did signal that the majority of the caucus members would back the deal. “The fact that it addresses pre-existing conditions in three different ways is nothing short of not only keeping our campaign promise but doing so in a variety of ways that gives us plenty to remind people we are keeping our campaign promises,” Meadows said.
But the conservative support will be meaningless if the GOP leadership can’t get the moderates to sign on as well, and that probability is looking less sure with each passing day.
Several Republicans have come out Monday against the current measure to repeal and replace Obamacare, bringing CNN’s whip count to 21 Republicans — mostly moderates — opposed to the bill with more than a dozen lawmakers still undecided.
And President Donald Trump, whose White House was optimistic the House could pass a bill Wednesday, once again muddied the waters by suggesting the measure may still be changed.
“I want it to be good for sick people. It’s not in its final form right now,” he said during an Oval Office interview Monday with Bloomberg News. “It will be every bit as good on pre-existing conditions as Obamacare.”
Could the GOP be on the verge of selling out voters again? Could these moderates really be risking everything to SAVE Obamacare? A stand like this could provoke a revolution against the GOP from conservative-leaning voters… but if the GOP doesn’t repeal Obamacare, maybe a rebellion against the GOP would be a good thing.