The Battle over Repeal and Replace: President Trump is misguided in alienating the House Freedom Caucus and the constituents that elected them:

 

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Nearly every member of today’s GOP ran on the promise to repeal Obamacare. With Republicans controlling the executive and legislative branches this should have been a relatively quick and easy process. They have had, after all, a rather long time to be ready for the inevitable day that they would be in a position to enact free market reforms to improve not just insurance coverage, but actual access to affordable care. Why is it proving to be anything but that?

Enter the House Freedom Caucus.

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In what should be a given in the party of the GOP this is a group of Conservative Republicans and libertarians that has found it necessary to band together to do what they were actually elected to do: Respect the rule of law and follow the Constitution.

And President Trump is attacking them for failing to support the abysmal American Health Care Act proposed by Speaker Ryan.

President Trump, in his typically boorish fashion somehow deemed it prudent to fire off a series of Tweets aimed at this group of roughly 30 statesmen, including conservative stalwarts Reps. Thomas Massie, Justin Amash, Jim Jordan and Raul Labrador

The day after Speaker Ryan pulled the bill due to a lack of votes to pass it, Trump tweeted  : “Democrats are smiling in D.C. that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club for Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & Ocare!”

And on Monday, he tweeted “The Republican House Freedom Caucus was able to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. After so many bad years they were ready for a win!”

Today, Representative Thomas Massie  from my home state of Kentucky fired back in this quip in his typically trenchant fashion.

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Instead of attacking fellow republicans that are holding out for true reform that will bring about an improvement in Americans access to affordable care, President Trump should be actively engaging them.  He should be focused on finding ways to pass a more sensible plan like that of Senator Rand Paul’s Reapeal and Replace bill that simultaneously repeals the ACA and implements a health care policy that restores the inherent sovereignty of the consumer to choose their healthcare plan and providers, increases competition in the marketplace, returns power back to the states and reduces the scope of federal government intervention. President Trump is missing an enormous opportunity to bring unity to the GOP with this misstep. Despite the grublings from establishment types,  I’m thankful the members of the Freedom Caucus are doing what they were elected to do.

2 thoughts on “The Battle over Repeal and Replace: President Trump is misguided in alienating the House Freedom Caucus and the constituents that elected them:

  1. No, the thirty to forty Freedom Caucus members will never make a change by stubbornly holding out against their own party members. Often people of reason make progress by compromise. They agree to something less than perfect in their eyes so that they can create the goodwill to get their way later. All the Freedom Caucus is doing right now is destroying the possibility of making any change because they are cancelling out the majority Republican party.

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  2. Compromise and political give-and-take can be a necessary part of governmental procedure at times (more necessary than I have been willing to admit in the past), but when the honor of your word and the liberty of the next generation is at stake you have to draw a line in the sand. I agree and respect the members of the Freedom Caucus for standing on that principle.

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