The revelation that so-called "centrists" are bad-faith negotiators could perhaps change the belief that dominates Washington, that centrists monopolize common good sense and the Freedom Caucus is peopled by destroyers. More generally, the Obamacare debate may show some Beltway observers that sitting in the middle doesn't always mean you're "moderate." It sometimes means you simply refuse to take a stand.
Republican lawmakers expect to evaluate a new provision Wednesday on a bill that would repeal portions of Obamacare, though a vote this week appears doubtful given the priority of passing a spending bill. Some lawmakers said they were confident they could support the latest version of the bill, the American Health Care Act, though it was unclear whether the changes would satisfy enough centrists.
As well-intentioned and committed to his agenda as President Trump may be, he has failed to grasp that Paul Ryan is the author of these failures not because he is an inept Speaker, but because he is on the other side.
Asking the right questions doesn’t mean that Justice Gorsuch will reach the right decisions in these or any future case before the Court. However, conservatives can take encouragement that Justice Gorsuch is starting from the plain language of the Constitution and the statues Congress has passed, not the whims and fantasies of other judges.
Pence did help get the sides talking again. The vice president joined budget director Mick Mulvaney, a former Freedom Caucus member, and White House chief of staff Reince Priebus at a meeting with conservative legislators Monday night, sparking optimism that the repeal of additional Obamacare regulations might be on the table.
We’ve now seen the reality of Ryan – Boehner “show vote” government and it looks an awful lot like government by a less intelligent and less articulate version of the Democrats.
The White House is expected to release the text of a new proposal on Tuesday that would give states the power to opt out of certain Obamacare insurance mandates, in a major attempt to revive Obamacare repeal as early as this week.
It’s time for the President to change the password on his Twitter account and focus his efforts on fulfilling his promise to pass a bill that will actually do what Ryancare never will – lower premiums for the forgotten Americans the Freedom Caucus represents.
The moral of the story; not everyone who drops a load of dung on you is your enemy, and not everyone who digs you out is your friend.
Keeping the country on Obamacare is asking for a broken insurance market, and eventually more government control, even a single-payer system, which is what many on the left wanted all along. Obamacare needs to go. Having failed once at repealing and replacing it is not excuse for leaving it in place. It's an argument to come up with a better plan of attack.
The change in tone in Sean Spicer's White House press briefing is a very important piece of trail craft that tells us Priebus’ influence is waning and that the Ryancare disaster has shown just how out of his depth the White House Chief of Staff is, given that his primary qualification for the job was his long home state relationship with Speaker Paul Ryan.
I want to be clear: this is NOT on President Trump. No one expected a businessman to completely understand the nuances, the complicated ins and outs of Washington and its legislative process. How would he know which individuals upon whom he would be able to rely? Many of them, friends and establishment colleagues of Speaker Ryan. The American people won't forget this and neither should the president.
The Obamacare train wreck was a failure for President Trump and a disaster for House Republicans. That is, it was worse for Republicans, because they had been at it for so long, but it was plenty bad for Trump. When Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the GOP repeal-and-replace bill Friday afternoon, he said, "We will need time to reflect on how we got to this moment." Here are 14 things to think about.
Thursday, when Ryan wanted the House to pass the bill, was the anniversary of Obamacare's passage. It was, notably, the seventh anniversary, not the eighth. That means that Trump and Ryan could take 364 days to pass this bill, and they would still be on pace. Take a week. Take a month. Take the time to write a bill that doesn't merely check a box, but that actually reforms healthcare.
There are many issues plumbed in these polls, but what comes through loud and clear is that, by hitching his popularity to Paul Ryan and Ryancare, President Trump has suffered a devastating drop in approval among the staunchest of his core constituents.
Conservatives are getting next to nothing in the #Ryancare bill. It’s time for conservatives and for President Trump to take his own deal making advice and walk away from this disaster – there are better deals available and the price of giving illegal aliens taxpayer subsidized health care is way too high. We urge CHQ readers to contact House Freedom Caucus members to urge them to stand tall against bullying from establishment Republican Speaker Paul Ryan.
The House votes today on #Ryancare. In his desperation to maintain federal government control of the health insurance and health care markets establishment Republican Speaker Paul Ryan is turning more and more to the ugly corruption of the Democrats’ former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. We urge CHQ readers to contact their Representative to demand they vote NO on this corrupt disaster.
Here’s hoping all of that information about the mess of Obamacare Rep. David Schweikert has shared over the years inspires him to keep his promise to not support measures that do not successfully and smartly repeal and replace the worst health care bill in history.
Much as we’d like President Trump to succeed, providing subsidized health care to illegal aliens is too steep a price for conservatives to pay to support the President in his optimistic push to use Speaker Paul Ryan’s disastrous Obamacare 2.0, Rinocare or #Ryancare bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.
The only parts of Obamacare establishment Republicans want to repeal are the parts in the current House bill, they are perfectly happy to keep the regulations and other Big Government parts of Obamacare and have no intention of establishing a free market health care and health care insurance system.