By L Whitener
With only 17% of American support of the Trump/Ryan healthcare disaster, it had virtually no chance of becoming law. The bill did not repeal Obamacare nor did it restore healthcare to the free market as Republicans vying for votes promised that it would do. In fact, it was a sloppy repackaging of the current healthcare law that promised even higher premiums and even more government involvement in your healthcare decisions.
Obamacare has 12 government imposed mandates. The TrumpCare Bill only tinkered with the funding mechanisms of 2 of those mandates but did not peel any of them back. The primary reason for a full repeal has always been to restore healthcare to the free market where it belongs and put Americans back in charge of their healthcare decisions. TrumpCare did not achieve either. It is a colossal lie to call it a Repeal of the current legislation.
Democrats joined Freedom Caucus members in opposition to TrumpCare. But, understand that although we were allies in opposition, we do not share the same objective. Democrats want a single payor, socialized healthcare system in America. A Medicaid for all bill, H.R. 676, was introduced by House Democrats in January and Bernie Sanders plans to roll out his Healthcare for all legislation later this week. Both, by Trump’s own words, are legislation that he undoubtedly would join them to support.
Immediately following the failure of his healthcare bill, he vowed to “work with Democrats” to pass healthcare legislation leaving his conservative voters feeling abandoned and betrayed.
The House Freedom Caucus is the last line of defense against socialized healthcare in America. And, Conservatives are rising up behind them to man the battle lines. United with Freedom Caucus social media groups are forming in solidarity with the caucus and grassroots conservatives are building teams to support the 2018 campaigns of caucus members who stood firm for their constituencies.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump continues to attack the Freedom Caucus for their opposition to his “Obamacare Lite” legislation. He has claimed via Twitter that the Freedom Caucus opposition has led to the continued funding of Planned Parenthood.
The truth is that the “bait and switch” language that Donald Trump and GOP leadership penned into the bill did not permanently or even fully defund Planned Parenthood. The CBO report confirmed that the bill didn’t ban abortion coverage directly. Nor did it prohibit anyone from buying abortion coverage, or a separate insurance “rider” for that coverage. It just didn’t allow that coverage to be subsidized fully by the government. And, the term of this portion of the bill was only one year.
If Donald Trump was the least bit interested in defunding Planned Parenthood, he would agree to sign stand alone legislation that would permanently do so. With control of both Houses of Congress, it should be a cakewalk. But, by Trump’s admission, that’s not likely to happen.
Conservatives are gearing up for what could be a constitutional crisis in the form of full government control of healthcare. And, any ‘Republican‘ who supported the TrumpCare bill should be asking themselves how on earth this could be possible with a ‘Republican‘ controlled House, Senate and White House after 7 years of promises and countless pieces of legislation to fully repeal Obamacare. If you can’t answer that question, you’re part of the looming crisis.