Now that the GOP controls the White House, as well as both chambers of Congress, their goal of repealing Obamacare is finally within reach.
But Speaker Paul Ryan just betrayed Donald Trump – and conservatives – by rolling out legislation that will keep Obamacare in place.
But conservatives in Congress may have just killed Ryan’s plan to betray Trump.
Senator Rand Paul took the lead on opposing Ryan’s scheme to implement Obamacare 2.0.
Interviewed by Bloomberg Politics, Paul declared the bill “dead on arrival.”
.@RandPaul declares the new GOP health care plan “dead on arrival” https://t.co/xBt3vUutpA pic.twitter.com/YhzB0fITI1
— Bloomberg Politics (@bpolitics) March 7, 2017
This echoes the statements Rand had made earlier on Fox and Friends when he railed against the GOP establishment for selling out their voters.
“This is Obamacare lite. It will not pass. Conservatives aren’t gonna take it.” -@RandPaul on the House leadership health care plan pic.twitter.com/UKjLzcXE9w
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) March 8, 2017
Both the House Freedom Caucus and Republican Study Committee held meetings about Ryan’s legislation, and conservatives emerged from those meetings vowing to oppose Obamacare 2.0.
House conservatives emerge from meeting suggesting GOP health care bill has serious problems, willl need D support – not theirs – to pass
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) March 8, 2017
The opposition was joined by powerful outside groups like Heritage Action, Club for Growth, and FreedomWorks, and urged lawmakers to reject Ryan’s version of government run health care.
“With the ink barely dry on the legislation, powerful conservative groups and prominent GOP lawmakers started lining up against House Republicans’ plan to replace Obamacare, even as President Donald Trump threw his support behind the legislation.
With little early defense from the White House, the groups issued sharply worded statements against the House GOP replacement bill, which would offer less generous insurance tax credits and phase out the law’s Medicaid expansion while striking its unpopular individual mandate penalty.
The Heritage Foundation’s advocacy arm called it “bad policy.” FreedomWorks panned it as “Obamacare-lite.” And the Club for Growth called it a “warmed-over substitute for government-run health care.”
Club for Growth, which is known for keeping scorecards gauging how conservative Republicans are, said it would “key vote” the bill. It dubbed it “RyanCare.” FreedomWorks, meanwhile, plans to launch a six-figure campaign against the legislation.”
Leadership can only afford to lose 19 votes.
If 20 Republicans vote “no”, then Paul Ryan’s government run health care scheme dies.
And since the Freedom Caucus is believed to have 40 members, conservatives have the means to stop Paul Ryan from selling out on GOP voters who were promised that Republicans would repeal Obamacare.