Democrats and the media whooped for joy when the GOP’s first attempt to repeal Obamacare crashed and burned.
They figured its failure had cemented Barack Obama’s socialist scheme as a permanent part of American life.
But two key conservative members of Congress say the GOP is on the verge of passing a law to fully repeal Obamacare.
Paul Ryan’s Obamacare 2.0 legislation was pulled from the House floor before a vote ever took place.
Conservatives blasted the law because it kept Obamacare’s taxes and regulations on the books.
But moderate Republicans also sunk the bill.
They were fine voting 50 times to repeal the law when they knew their efforts would die with the stroke of Barack Obama’s veto pen.
However, after Trump’s election, and when it became clear the GOP was going to try and make good on their promise, these liberal Republicans opposed any effort to actually undo the law.
Pundits figured the repeal effort was left for dead.
Conservatives kept negotiating and Vice President Mike Pence entered the discussion.
Congressman Ron DeSantis of Florida – a member of the House Freedom Caucus – believes Congress can pass a repeal bill very soon.
…House Freedom Caucus Member Representative Ron DeSantis (R-FL) stated that there’s “definitely a path” to an Obamacare bill, and that if they can deliver lower premiums and more choice, “I absolutely think we can pass something, relatively soon.”
DeSantis said, “I think there’s definitely a path, Bill. I mean, if you remember this March 23rd date, where this kind of blew up, that was not any deadline. That was a self-imposed deadline. And what happened was, the bill really wasn’t ready for primetime. You hadn’t developed a consensus. You set a date to vote on it without having the consensus. And so, what’s happened since then, is members are talking to each other, and really the administration, I think has done a good job. Vice President Pence has been exercising a lot of leadership to try to figure out how do we actually fulfill the promises we made to the American people, and for me the core thing that we have to do is deliver lower premiums and more choice on private insurance, because that is the reason why people dislike Obamacare because their premiums have gone up and their deductibles have gone up. So, that’s really what we have to do, and I think if we can get there, I absolutely think we can pass something, relatively soon.”
Representative Dave Brat of Virginia – also a key member of the House Freedom Caucus – echoed DeSantis’ sentiments.
The Blaze reports:
“Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.) says that a compromise health care bill will pass the House of Representatives in weeks because Republicans are afraid of the catastrophic results if it doesn’t. He made the comments in an interview with Capital Download Wednesday.
“Within a few weeks, I think D.C. is going to be a little bit shocked,” Brat pronounced, “We’re going to get to yes.”
Brat also believes the bill can pass the Senate and go to President Trump’s desk for him to sign into law.
Brat is correct that the consequences of failure would be catastrophic.
If the GOP base does not see Congress working to pass Donald Trump’s agenda, they will not be motivated to turn out in the 2018 midterm elections.
The Democrats base is energized, and if Republicans can’t generate sufficient enthusiasm, Nancy Pelosi will once again be Speaker of the House.
We will keep you updated on any new developments in this story.