President Trump’s recent announcement to shelve the ObamaCare repeal left the nation astonished and looking for answers — after working for months to end ObamaCare, the bill fell apart in only a day.
Officially, the healthcare bill simply did not have enough votes to pass.
But key senators just revealed the real reason for the bill’s death, and it has everything to do with the lack of commitment by certain GOP members.
Weak-kneed Republicans caved to pressure to get anything passed before Congress recesses in August.
And their attempts at a new healthcare bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, kept many of ObamaCare’s provisions in place.
These Republicans campaigned on the total repeal of ObamaCare, but then backed off their promises to the American people.
And true conservative leaders are furious at their colleagues who vowed to repeal and replace ObamaCare, yet pulled their support at the last minute.
Senators like Rand Paul and Mike Lee have refused to compromise on their promise to repeal all of ObamaCare, making it known we need to return to free-market healthcare solutions.
The Hill reported:
GOP Sens. Jerry Moran (Kan.) and Mike Lee (Utah) announced they will not support taking up a bill repealing and replacing ObamaCare, effectively blocking the legislation.
Their decision means Republicans in the Senate are well short of having the support to pass their legislation and raises serious questions about whether President Trump will reach his goal of ending ObamaCare.
Both sides of Congress are currently responsible for the failure of the bill — Democrats who want to keep ObamaCare in place, and weak Republicans who refuse to get behind a completely new healthcare bill.
Representative Doug Lamborn is receiving backlash from constituents and conservative groups alike, claiming he fell through on campaign promises.
ABC News reported:
In Colorado, conservative challenger Darryl Glenn lamented six-term Republican Rep. Doug Lamborn’s vote for a health care repeal measure he said didn’t go far enough.
“The fact that you run on repeal and replace, and then you don’t deliver? It’s more about political cover and staying in power than solving problems,” said Glenn, one of at least two Republicans already challenging Lamborn in the conservative district.
Backlash from constituents is almost unavoidable at this point, as years of promise for a better healthcare law fell short so close to the end.
Republicans in support of the repeal process warned of repercussions from voters in the upcoming 2018 elections as a result of the healthcare disaster.
ABC News reported:
David Bozell, of the conservative group For America, called failure on health care “the ultimate political betrayal” that would rank among the worst deceptions in political history. It would be right up there, he said, with former President George H.W. Bush’s “read my lips” pledge not to raise taxes.
The backlash against some Republicans extended from the conservative fringe to the heart of the GOP establishment.
Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, who was hand-picked by Trump, issued a fundraising email lashing out at “some in the Senate” who are “refusing to even put a simple repeal bill” on the president’s desk.
“If our elected officials don’t pass what you voted for, we could lose the midterm elections,” McDaniel wrote.