Trump Threatens Conservatives Rejecting Socialist Trumpcare
According to several news outlets, from Politico to FOX News, Republican President Donald Trump has given an ultimatum to conservative members of the House Freedom Caucus, either vote for the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which doesn’t fully repeal Obamacare but leaves all of its apparatus in place, or risk losing their seats in the next election.
“Oh, Mark, I’m going to come after you,” Trump reportedly told House Freedom Caucus leader, Congressman Mark Meadows, one of the principled conservatives pushing for a full repeal of Obamacare and a free market replacement that will reduce unnecessarily skyrocketing health care insurance premiums due to Obamacare’s market-killing government mandates and regulation, during a closed-door meeting on Tuesday.
“This Thursday we have a chance to repeal and replace Obamacare, and this time you’ve actually got someone who will sign the bill,” Trump told them. “I’m asking for your vote.”
Meadows said that he would not be bullied by the president or anyone else into passing a bad bill that keeps Obamacare in place, even if it costs him his seat.
“I serve at the will of 750,000 people in western North Carolina. I’m going to be a ‘no’ even if it sends me home,” he said. “I don’t know of too many people who can challenge me on the right.”
“It’s not a personal decision. It’s a policy decision,” Rep. Mark Meadows told Fox News. “We have a difference of opinion.”
Senator Tom Cotton said in a statement Tuesday that despite the proposed amendments, “I still cannot support the House health-care bill, nor would it pass the Senate,” noting that the changes made thus far to the AHCA “do little to address the core problem of Obamacare: rising premiums and deductibles, which are making insurance unaffordable for too many Arkansans.”
Other principled conservatives went even further. Freedom Caucus member Louie Gohmert, a Texas Republican, told Breitbart News on Tuesday that President Trump is being played by establishment RINO Paul Ryan, the current Speaker of the House:
Gohmert called the current bill “a formula for disaster,” insisting it’s likely the courts would end up having the final say in terms of preserving Obamacare due to the way the bill is written.
“I think the President’s being set up for failure,” added Gohmert, “and I know people are anxious just to get this bill passed.”
He continued, “We can’t just cave in and say, oh, it’s the best we can do. It’s not the best we can do.”
“We’re on the brink of disaster or fantastic accomplishment, one or the other. So, we’ll see how it plays out this week,” concluded Gohmert.
“I’m still a solid no,” Rep. Justin Amash, a Michigan Republican and Freedom Caucus member, told Fox News.
Rep. Amash said on Monday that even after small changes, the Ryan bill still hasn’t changed Obamacare’s general framework and that the bill, despite rhetoric from all sides, does not actually repeal Obamacare:
Freedom Caucus member Rep. Dave Brat, who historically unseated RINO establishment squish, Eric Cantor, said GOP leadership’s bill doesn’t do anything to solve “the primary problem,” the price of premiums.
“Obamacare played almost exclusive attention to coverage. The CBO and this current bill pay attention to coverage, but people have coverage, and they can’t get health care,” Brat, who opposed the bill in the House Budget Committee, told The Daily Signal. “You have coverage, but you have an $11,000 deductible in the bronze-level plan, so you can’t go access health care, and that’s a problem.”
Brat said during the meeting, Trump “put on a solid sales pitch” and said he wanted to pass the health care bill so Congress could move on to other priorities such as tax reform. But, the Virginia Republican said, the GOP has to “make sure we get this part of the economy right.”
Assuming the bill passes the House, which at this point is a tall order, the bill faces an even steeper uphill battle in the U.S. Senate, with senators Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Mike Lee firmly in opposition to RINOCARE.