The GOP Only Had 8 Years to Repeal and Replace Obamacare
As Matt Murphy sardonically notes:
Rules Cmte Chair Sessions on health care bill: "We did not have all of the pieces of the puzzle together"
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) March 23, 2017
They've only had 8 years https://t.co/YeeFcNFcKQ
— Matt Murphy (@MattMurph24) March 23, 2017
Seriously. How long would it take to put together?
Trump is trying the hard sell. We hear that there will be a Trump Temper Tantrum if this fails.
Still, it’s not easy.
“Inside Trump’s last-ditch bid to avoid a health care disaster.”
“The president is doing a hard sell ahead of Thursday’s decisive House vote.”
“With one day to go until the biggest vote of his brief presidency, Trump is using all the trappings of his office to try to clinch the needed 215 votes. It’s unclear whether it will be enough to save the legislation. But late Wednesday, the White House floated a major change to the bill in a bid to win over roughly three dozen House conservatives. It was over the same issue King had raised in the White House meeting earlier in the day.”
“Trump is trying to overawe opponents of the bill with the prestige of White House, calling them into his gold-painted Oval Office for private conversations. He is leaning on Ryan to promise them votes on their pet measures. And Trump is showing he’s quite open to horse-trading, if that’s what it takes.”
And some hardly seem overawed or even slightly intimidated:
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) March 22, 2017
House member from Ky downright gleeful just a few days after Trump was in the state >>https://t.co/zeZn49sPhj
— Jonathan Martin (@jmartNYT) March 22, 2017
Trouble is, this is the same week Comey admitted publicly Trump is being investigated for possible treason. Truly nothing like this in our history. His popularity numbers have notably been sagging-which correlate with the emergence of Trumpcare.
The catch 22 the GOP faces is the only way to get more conservatives is to lose more moderates.
“The Republican push to replace Obamacare – backed forcefully by President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan —is in jeopardy, as a last-ditch bid by the White House to win conservative support late Wednesday appeared to repel moderates.”
“Moderate Republicans huddled with Speaker Paul Ryan and House leaders for nearly two hours Wednesday night but emerged without consensus. Immediately after exiting the meeting, Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), leader of the House’s moderate Tuesday Group, panned the bill, known as the American Health Care Act.”
“After careful deliberation, I cannot support the bill and will oppose it,” Dent said in a statement upon leaving the meeting. “I believe this bill, in its current form, will lead to the loss of coverage and make insurance unaffordable for too many Americans, particularly for low-to-moderate income and older individuals.”
“The growing rebellion of moderate members comes as House leaders spent the day attempting to placate their hardline conservative Freedom Caucus, a group of three-dozen arch-conservatives that had been threatening to tank the bill. To bring them on board, House leaders — at the behest of the White House — offered to gut minimum health insurance requirements imposed by Obamacare.”
“Though the move represented a win for conservatives, many Freedom Caucus members refused to commit their support for the bill. They want to cut even more Obamacare regulations, including its popular provision requiring insurers to offer coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.”
“No decisions reached. Continuing to negotiate. The Freedom Caucus continues to have serious concerns with current AHCA text,” Freedom Caucus aide Alyssa Farah tweeted late Thursday night.”
“That posture left moderates furious about the lack of committed support, and some indicated the move had caused them to reconsider the bill.”
“Obviously the Freedom Caucus has presented what it will take for them to get some yeses and I think there are now members who will have to now evaluate things a little bit further,” said Rep. Ryan Costello (R-Pa.) after exiting the meeting in Ryan’s office.
In the marathon session, Ryan laid out the changes to the bill that the White House negotiated with the House Freedom Caucus. A source in the room said many attendees found the concessions to the right-wing caucus hard to swallow, especially because leadership told them Freedom Caucus members hadn’t yet promised to support the measure — even if they won the changes.
“Moderates said they need to learn more about what the White House proposal would mean for their constituents and providers they represent. Many expressed worry that the leadership would force swing-district members to take a risky vote when the Senate would likely strip out the provision anyway because it may run afoul of the Senate’s arcane rules.”
“And some moderates were especially aghast that leadership couldn’t tell them how many votes this proposal would win them from the House Freedom Caucus.”
“Everybody’s frustrated,” said one lawmaker in the meeting. “Some moved; some stayed the same.”
Well, c’mon, let’s not expect too much of them. They’ve only had eight years.
Justin Amash sums it up:
One great thing about this bill is that it has brought Americans together: Republicans and Democrats at home are united against it.
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) March 22, 2017
P.S. As we saw in my poll out last week, the long awaited poll results are in, and right now I’m just 11 points down vs. Peter King (GOP-NY-District 2). And the voters don’t even know who I am yet.
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