Trump may have written The Art of the Deal, but his deal-making skills, in concert with hundreds of Republicans led by Paul Ryan, appear to be at a standstill when it comes to negotiating between the House Freedom Caucus and establishment Republicans.
The conservative caucus has disapproved of House Speaker Paul Ryan’s bill from the moment it was introduced.
Many have accused Ryan of placing the interests of the insurance companies funding him over the American people, who voted Republican expecting a full repeal of Obamacare.
Now it appears that their fight has finally been joined by those who are normally loyal to Speaker Ryan.
A vote on RyanCare was set to take place shortly, but seven years to the day after Obamacare was passed, Chairman of the House Freedom Caucus Mark Meadows (R-NC) has declared, “No deal.”
From ABC News:
Moderate-leaning lawmakers were bailing, as the demands from conservatives pushed them even further from being able to support the GOP bill. The legislation would eliminate some of the requirements, taxes and penalties from Obama’s health care law, but also would mean millions would lose their health insurance, older voters would pay higher premiums and Medicaid coverage would shrink for many low-income voters across the country.
It’s likely that the establishment wing of the GOP was placing pressure on Trump to own this bad legislation, insisting that its failure to pass would make the president look weak.
But House Freedom Caucus members refused to back down, citing the fact that many Americans disapprove of RyanCare and complaining that the bill kept too many aspects of Obamacare in place.
Trump appears to be shrugging off the setback, while lawmakers continue to attempt a compromise.
The White House has stated that a bill could come to the floor for a vote this Friday, but many believe it will take more than a day to come up with a bill that will unite Republicans, as they’re sure to face complete opposition from the Democratic Party.
What do you think Republicans should do going forward? Should they push for the smallest compromise to get this deal through or start from scratch with a full repeal and replacement? Let us know in the comments below!
Source: ABC News