Ever since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law by President Obama in 2010, Republicans have continuously and constantly ridiculed the law and advocated for its repeal. This was a central campaign theme of the midterms in both 2010 and 2014, as well as the elections in 2012 and 2016.
The phrase had often been to “repeal every word” or to “repeal and replace,” so for many conservatives the actions that have been taken by Republican leadership have been very concerning. For starters, leadership restricted access for the bill until this past Monday. Just yesterday in a vote around 4 am, the bill passed through its initial committee, the first potential issue.
This vote came just two days after it had initially been released to the public. This release reportedly coincided with it being made available to members of Congress not in leadership positions at all.
Once members actually read the legislation, many also took issue with the contents. Many have dubbed it “Obamacare Lite” or “Obamacare 2.0,” as they have argued that it does not actually repeal President Obama’s signature legislation.
The House Freedom Caucus has spoken out against it, as Chair of the Caucus Jim Jordan (R-OH) has now been one of the most outspoken critics against the measure. He has largely been joined by Kentucky Senator Rand Paul in their opposition.
Additionally, virtually all major conservative groups and think tanks have spoken out against it. That includes: Club for Growth, the Heritage Foundation, Americans for Prosperity, FreedomWorks and the Tea Party Patriots.
Although it has sometimes appeared that President Trump would be willing to go to the negotiating table with these groups and individuals, it now appears he may be changing his tone. President Trump reportedly stated that those speaking out “are helping the other side.”
When looking at how Trump got elected, this type of comment is certainly something which may cause some tension. It has also been suggested that Trump and GOP leaders may be looking to primary those who interfere with this potential legislation as it is. As much of Trump’s support came from the conservative Republican base, these types of statements surely may cause some problems.
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