Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R.-WI) cancelled the anticipated vote on the American Health Care Act—RyanCare—the latest sign that the bill is in a death spiral.
Progress bringing the bill to the floor was stalled out when a compromise reached in principle between President Donald Trump and the chamber’s conservative bloc, the House Freedom Caucus, late Wednesday was not included in to the bill as a manager’s amendment. Manager’s amendments are privilege’s of relevant committee chairmen, who can change the language in a bill without going back to the full committee.
The HFC members accept that the RyanCare bill is not the repeal-and-replace of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that created Obamacare, but they insist that the speaker’s Obamacare rescue bill eliminate the Essential Health Benefits provision that requires a minimum of services in insurance policies, and they want to eliminate the Individual Mandate that RyanCare preserves as a program managed by the insurance companies, not the IRS.
As conservatives gain concessions in the RyanCare negotiations, more liberal Republicans have been dropping out, especially over cuts to Medicaid and a new promise by the president to keep illegal aliens from participating in RyanCare health plans.
The delay was announced at or around 3:30 p.m., which was also the time Ryan was supposed to hold a press conference about the bill. The press conference was originally scheduled for 11:30 a.m., which shows you what kind of day Ryan is having.
Read the whole thing at Breitbart: Chaos Inside GOP House Conference Forces Speaker Ryan to Cancel Thursday’s RyanCare Vote – Breitbart
I know a lot of my internet friends are cheering this as great news, but this actually a sign that the GOP is as fully antagonistic to the Trump Doctrine as the Democrat party.
If this bill does die and Congress kicks the can down the road, then this will be the GOP leadership’s operative model going forward.
The GOP has found a way to pretend to support, while actually sinking, all Trumpian legislation in the future. This signifies the GOP’s dedication to the beginning of the end from now to the remainder of Trump’s one term. The GOP would like nothing more than to say goodbye to the Wall, say goodbye to immigration reform, say goodbye to tax cuts, and so on…
The GOP house and Senate are demonstrating that if they can have their way, they will NOT allow any of the Trump reforms to come to fruition under any circumstances.