Paul Ryan has staked his Speakership on passing Obamacare 2.0.
He’s counting on being able to steamroll conservative opposition to his legislation.
And he just fund out he’s in really big trouble.
House leadership has been trying to toss crumbs conservatives way to entice them to support a bill that retains Obamacare’s tax and regulatory structure.
Breitbart reports on changes offered by Ryan:
“The significant amendments to the bill include closing the provision in the RyanCare bill that allowed an abortion tax credit, cutting back the expansion of Health Savings Accounts, and adding new restrictions on Medicaid.
Under the new amendments, rules would discourage New York State from forcing non-New York City counties to subsidize the Big Apple’s Medicaid bill. The amendment would require able-bodied adults without dependents to have a job before they apply for Medicaid benefits. The Empire State provisions apply only to that state.”
But the Freedom Caucus said the changes were too little, too late.
Breitbart also reports:
“A spokeswoman for the House Freedom Caucus told Breitbart News the technical and Medicare-related changes to the RyanCare bill up for a House floor vote Thursday will not save the bill from defeat.
“The amendments offered by Republican leadership do little to address the serious concerns of House conservatives,” said Alyssa Farah, the caucus communications director.
“At this time, the bill does not have the votes to pass,” she said. “The Freedom Caucus will continue to work with House colleagues, the Senate, and the White House to find a path forward that works for the American people.”
Other reporting also indicated House Freedom Caucus members remained opposed to Ryan’s bill.
.@freedomcaucus may not be taking an official position but every lawmaker that walked out of tonight’s meeting still was a no.
— Eliza Collins (@elizacollins1) March 21, 2017
Republicans control all three branches of government.
This is their opportunity to make good on a seven year promise to repeal Obamacare.
Ryan’s legislation ensures Obamacare will remain in place forever.
That’s not what Republicans campaigned on.
Ryan’s legislation is a fundamental betrayal of the voters who sent him to Washington.
Failing to completely repeal Obamacare could cause Republican voters to stay home in 2018.
If that happens, the GOP Congressional majorities are in jeopardy.
And Paul Ryan will be to blame for the debacle.