After Paul Ryan’s Healthcare bill failed to garner the votes needed to pass, both the RINO’s and Trump placed the loss at the feet of the conservatives. As a result, Trump chose the establishment swamp over fulfilling his and the Republican 7-year promise of fully repealing Obamacare.
Needing a scapegoat, all have piled on the Freedom Caucus for not supporting Ryan’s “Obamacare Lite” bill. However, the caucus only made up 15 of 34 Republicans promising to vote “no”. So nineteen Republicans, more than in the Freedom Caucus, saw Ryan’s bill as bad. In addition, those 34 Republicans are going home to choruses of cheers by voters praising them for voting “no.”
Regardless, Thursday morning, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to threaten the Freedom Caucus.
The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don't get on the team, & fast. We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 30, 2017
The swamp consists of establishment/RINO Republicans who promised their voters everything and delivered nothing. They passed sixty full repeal bills while Obama was president. Yet when it counted, they tried to pass a bill just shy of the original debacle that didn’t come close to even slightly repealing Obamacare.
To be fair, Trump had nothing to do with the wording of the legislation. The swamp wrote the bill, then pretended to work with conservatives. However, it accomplished none of the elements they promised.
Now Trump is siding with Ryan instead of those fighting for the Americans who voted for him. He is not just dipping his toe in the swamp. He jumped in head first.
During his very short time as president, Trump has pushed forth some very positive agenda items. The nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch being the best surprise to date. However, his full embrace of Ryan’s bill is exactly why #NeverTrumpers rallied against him.
Trump just wanted the win. So did the establishment. Conservatives fought to deliver on their promises. In the end, the win overruled the substance, pure and simple.
Trump claims the Freedom Caucus is risking the GOP agenda. Being that he is also siding with Ryan, apparently the GOP agenda is set by the establishment. Welcome to the swamp, President Trump. You just became a die-hard politician.
To add insult to injure, Trump has threatened to go to the Democrats if conservative Republicans don’t bend over and grab the ankles. He encouraged them to “get on the team,” yet the “team” he’s promoting is headed by the establishment swamp. The exact same people Trump promised to “drain” as president.
Freedom Caucus member Justin Amash responded to Trump’s tweet.
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) March 30, 2017
Even mega-Trump supporter Newt Gingrich praised the RyanCare bill defeat.
“Not voting on Friday was really good. The Democrats lost their majority for the first time in 40 years after they tried to push through Hillarycare. The Democrats lost the majority again in 2010 after they pushed through Obamacare. If we had all the House Republicans line up and vote yes on a bill that was at 17 percent approval — that means four out of five Americans were not approving — I will guarantee you the Democrats would have had a field day.”
“So I think the Freedom Caucus whether they intended to or not may have saved House Republican from a vote that would have been potentially very destructive,” he continued. “Now everybody ought to just get over it. Look at the future. Let’s learn the lessons and recognize it took Reagan eight months to pass a tax cut. It took us 18 months to pass welfare reform. It took Pelosi and Obama eight months to pass Obamacare. We’re not in a rush here. We don’t have to get everything done by Easter.”
However, Ryan got one thing right by reminding Trump that Obamacare is a purely Democrat-owned bill. They will not repeal it. By the same token, they will do nothing to put forth any part of the GOP agenda.
In an interview with “CBS this Morning”, Ryan commented:
“If we’re going to do what we said we would do, which is repeal and replace ObamaCare and save the American health care system, something tells me the Democrats aren’t going to help us repeal ObamaCare. They’re the ones who created it in the first place.”
If Ryan truly wants to repeal ObamaCare as he claims, then he should be working with the Freedom Caucus, not fighting them. In addition, he should be encouraging Trump to do likewise.
Not one Democrat voted for Ryan’s bill. If Trump is threatening conservatives for not supporting it, why is he so eager to run to the Democrats? How does Trump plan to defeat the Democrats in 2018 if he runs to them at the first sign of conflict with the GOP?
The fact that Trump is willing to work with the swamp and Democrats implies he cares more about appearing to win than doing the will of the people. It may give him a victory, but the American people will lose “bigly”.
But that’s my 2 cents.