Stephen Bannon Aligns With Freedom Caucus Against Tryancare
Breitbart has been taking shots at Tryancare-they call it Ryancare, of course; they presume that it’s not what Trump really wants, that he’s being led down the wrong path by Paul Ryan. Breitbart made a point of leaking audio of Paul Ryan on a GOP conference call just after the Hollywood Access video came out.
The question many asked was: was Bannon behind what was being done at Breitbart? Breitbart itself insisted that Bannon has had nothing to do with the Right wing smear machine since August when he became part of Trump’s campaign.
That may or may not be true. But even if Bannon has nothing to do with Breitbart-not something I’d want to bank any money on-then Bannon is at least working against Tryancare on a parallel track.
“Freedom Caucus aligns with Bannon in risky Obamacare gambit.”
“The Republican hard-liners are going around House Speaker Paul Ryan and finding a sympathetic ear in Trump’s right-hand man.”
“Steve Bannon was furious.”
“Last weekend, the Washington Examiner published a story claiming that President Donald Trump had vowed to back primary challengers to run against Republicans who oppose the GOP’s health care plan. The article named Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows as a “possible target.” Bannon believed the story was categorically untrue, according to sources, and he met with Meadows over the weekend as speculation mounted about who was behind it.”
“Multiple House Republican whips denied that Trump made the threat during the meeting with GOP leaders cited in the story. But a few days later, Trump leaned on Paul Ryan to compromise with the House’s far-right flank, which has dubbed the speaker’s health care bill “Obamacare-Lite.”
“The Freedom Caucus may not need to fear Trump-backed primary challengers because of this episode. But the group, nonetheless, is taking a big risk in threatening to blow up Ryan’s health care proposal: Its passage is a top priority for Trump and could have ramifications for the rest of the president’s agenda. Trump told GOP vote counters last week that he’d do everything in his power to get it through Congress.”
“The Freedom Caucus, however, has clearly found a sympathetic ear in Trump’s right-hand man Bannon, who wants conservatives to be included in the legislative process instead of twisting their arms to vote yes. The fledgling alliance has given the group newfound hope that they can win the White House over to their side — or, at least, that Trump won’t blame them if Obamacare repeal implodes.”
Of course, the beauty of Ryan having to listen to the Freedom Caucus is that the more imput they have, the less palatable the bill becomes for the GOP moderates in the Senate without whom this bill is DOA.
Susan Collin now says she can’t vote for Tryancare in its current form-though this is not a surprise.
Of course, if she doesn’t like it now, it’s only going to get worse if it’s made more palatable to the House conservatives.
But Ryan has now shifted the goalposts on how he defines success. Now it just means finding something that can pass the House.
“Allies of Ryan say the speaker can’t possibly agree to everything that conservatives are requesting, and they don’t believe Meadows and the Freedom Caucus have engaged in good faith. They also argue that Ryan, at the White House’s behest, is trying to incorporate their wishes while still getting the bill passed within a week.”
“But for months, conservatives have complained that GOP leaders aren’t listening to them. That’s why Meadows (R-N.C.), who declined to divulge details of his talks with the White House, and other conservatives have circumvented leadership and taken their case to the White House. Trump has essentially become the middleman between warring House GOP factions.”
Who knew healthcare was so complicated?
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