CR: Seven years of campaign promises to repeal Obamacare were broken when the Republican Party rolled out the American Health Care Act. But somehow, the Freedom Caucus is now taking the brunt of the abuse for the bill’s failure to launch.Related link: 6 best Freedom Caucus smackdowns of GOP leadership's RINOcare lies
Everyone but House leadership seemed to recognize the bill was bad. The chief complaint of conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus was the bill’s failure to repeal mandated essential health benefits – those insurance regulations responsible for increasing premiums and high deductibles. Still, moderates thought the bill went too far and sought to protect Medicaid expansion in their states. Voters across the political spectrum were unhappy, with the AHCA polling at only 17 percent public approval.
When those concerns were brought to the president from the Freedom Caucus, he reportedly told them to “forget about the little shit.” What the president failed to understand was that the “little shit” would break this bill. House Conservatives were on the cusp of supporting the legislation if Speaker Paul Ryan and leadership agreed to repeal the fundamental insurance regulation problems. Moderates in the party balked at that proposition and the Speaker Ryan pulled the bill Friday.
And now the spin, begun by establishment Repubs and heartily advanced by progressive media, left and right alike, blames conservatives...
Now the spin has begun. Rep. Austin Scott, R-Ga., declared it was Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., who “betrayed” the American people.Run and work with the Democrats before EVER attempting to work with conservatives of your own party?! Sheesh.
The media has latched on to that narrative. The Wall Street Journal lambasted the Freedom Caucus as “the Obamacare Republicans.” Politico published a hit piece over the weekend detailing insider frustrations with the “far-right” members who sunk the bill, insisting that if fulfill seven years of campaign promises.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., is running around insisting that the Freedom Caucus just saved Obamacare, and pledging to work with Democrats to overcome conservative opposition to future legislation.
Related link: 3 questions Ryan needs to answer before running to the LEFT on RINOcare
I'm reminded of the excellent points Dana Loesch made this morning in NAILING the problems with fixing health care...
"This compromise still funded Planned Parenthood. It was a one year bait and switch; we were still going to fund Planned Parenthood. The regulatory structure was still in place. The penalty was still in place. The subsidies were still in place. It was like Paul Ryan rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic and telling America that the hole’s been fixed!"
...but it's interesting towards the end of that interview how even the host has bought into the 'but it never would've passed the Senate' argument, when Speaker Ryan explicitly told us back in 2016 that 'there is a path to repealing Obamacare without 60 votes in the Senate' multiple times!
What gives? Damn lies then? Or damn lies now? This thing could be financially ripped apart with reconciliation, but suddenly, that's no longer on the table? The path seemed pretty clear in 2016...why is that different now that Republicans own the House, Senate and Presidency in 2017? I thought that's what we needed to make this happen? Instead, we're not only presented with a bill produced in secret that doesn't explicitly dismantle Obamacare, but we're met with the unfeasible expectation of solving such a major landmark legislation in a mere 18 days? Nothing about this passes the smell test.
Related links: Paul Ryan's bait-and-switch Obamacare promise
The Freedom Caucus is right. Paul Ryan said so himself
Folks, The Freedom Caucus just did the American people a FAVOR in defeating this piece o' crap new entitlement. If only Republicans had the wherewithal to now craft a true repeal plan!
They're out there. Mo Brooks just proved it today! But it has to have a united Republican Party and President behind it to make honest repeal and market solutions a reality. So far, that's not been the case. They'd rather throw conservatives under the bus yet again, and lean leftward into Democratic statism.
If this is the direction of a new Republican Party, it won't end well. Principle needs to be recovered, and recovered quickly.
Related links: These People Saved the GOP and the Nation. Tell Them Thank You.
It’s the Freedom Caucus, NOT Ryan and Trump, standing for the forgotten man
ADDENDUM: Levin gave the statists HELL tonight for attempting to beat down the Freedom Caucus...
CR: On Monday night’s radio program, Conservative Review Editor-in-Chief Mark Levin had a simple message for Republicans in Congress:
Stop whining and keep your promises!
Why is it that the only Republicans interested in keeping their Obamacare repeal promises are “those eighteen brave patriots in the Freedom Caucus?”
CR: In hour two of Monday night’s radio program, Conservative Review Senior Editor Daniel Horowitz stopped by “The Mark Levin Show” to explain everything you’ll ever need to know about RINOcare and why its failure is great for America.
Horowitz answers Levin’s questions and shows how passing RINOcare would have been WORSE than doing nothing.
Horowitz also explained why President Trump’s senior adviser Jared Kushner is wrong when he says the government should be run like a company and the American people are its “customers.”
We’re not customers, we’re shareholders! We OWN the American government and they report to US!