It’s fair to guess that Trump wishes he could use his old line with the House Freedom Caucus – You’re fired!
The House Freedom Caucus may be putting a stake through the heart of Trump/Ryancare. A spokesperson told CNBC earlier today they’d been able to drum up enough votes against the American Health Care Act to keep it from even making it to the U.S. Senate.
A Freedom Caucus spokeswoman said there are more than 25 members of that strongly conservative group who plan to vote “no” on the American Health Care Act.
That would be more than enough votes on their own to doom the bill — and there are other Republicans who do no belong to the caucus that also have qualms on the bill.
The spokeswoman for the group, which wants a more aggressive repeal of the Obamacare, urged a “start over” of the legislative effort.
North Carolina Congressman Mark Meadows has been pretty pessimistic about the bill, despite being involved in trying to “fix it” in hopes of making it actually great.
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) March 22, 2017
This hasn’t done well with the Trump Administration with the president (allegedly) joking towards Meadows he would make sure he’d lose next year. Via The Hill:
“I think Mark Meadows will get there too. … Because honestly, a loss is not acceptable, folks,” Trump told the Freedom Caucus chairman.
“Oh Mark, I’m coming after you,” Trump added, sparking laughter in the room. “I hope Mark will be with us in the end.”
Meadows’s face “turned pretty red,” said Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.).
“Mark Meadows got slapped around big time,” quipped another GOP member, though many in the room took the Trump comments as simply good-natured ribbing.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the comment was a joke and shouldn’t be taken seriously. Spicer also believes the House Freedom Caucus anger over the bill will eventually decline, and it will move on to the Senate.
“Member by member we keep seeing tremendous support flow in our direction,” Spicer told reporters on Wednesday. “I’m optimistic in the sense of what we’re seeing … and the amount of votes that are flowing our way and not the other way.”
Grassroots conservative and libertarian activists are hoping to lobby the House against the bill. FreedomWorks’ Jason Pye sent a letter to both House and Senate members asking them to reconsider a 2016 bill which repeals and replaces Obamacare.
FreedomWorks has long opposed ObamaCare and supported the effort to repeal the 2010 law, which is why we key voted in favor of the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act, H.R. 3762, in the 114th Congress. This bill repealed ObamaCare’s tax and cost-sharing subsidies, most of the law’s taxes, and Medicaid expansion within two years. It also zeroed out the individual and employer mandates.
The Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act passed both chambers of Congress with overwhelming Republican support. In fact, only five members–three in the House and two in the Senate–voted against it. All but three House Republicans voted to override President Barack Obama’s veto of the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act in February 2016.
After President Obama’s veto of Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said, “We have shown now that there is a clear path to repealing ObamaCare without 60 votes in the Senate. So, next year, if we’re sending this bill to a Republican president, it will get signed into law.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) once declared, “[T]he best interests of the country would be achieved by pulling out ObamaCare root and branch.
The American Health Care Act falls short of these promises…
The bill is also opposed by Club For Growth and Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint. A vote on Trump/Ryancare is planned for Thursday.