The AHCA, Swampcare as it should be called, does not repeal Obamacare and everybody knows it. But it scratches the itch to just do something and Republicans want to just do something.
The House Freedom Caucus wants to improve the health care situation for millions of Americans and they want to repeal Obamacare. There were several ways that could have been done.
First, the House could have sent the Senate an actual repeal bill and let the chair rule that it was in order under the Byrd rule. That was the easiest and best option and could have gotten it through.
Second, the House could have used their 2015 legislation that they all supported as the framework for the new legislation.
Third, the House could have just passed the 2015 legislation that they all voted for originally.
It was easy, but moderates objected.
Now the conservatives who want the GOP to keep its promises are getting attacked for demanding Obamacare really be repealed.
Republicans who hate Donald Trump are cheering on the President’s attacks against the House Freedom Caucus. Why? Because they never opposed Trump on principle, but viewed him as a party interloper. They put party ahead of principle and the GOP tells them to jump, so they are going to jump. The GOP tells them conservatives are the bad guys, so they jeer the House Freedom Caucus.
The people who are proudly still Never Trump are standing shoulder to shoulder with Donald Trump today to attack conservatives. Of course they are. It was always about party and never about real principles.
But principles still matter and Swampcare not only does not repeal Obamacare, but it breaks seven years worth of promises.
The House Freedom Caucus is owed a great deal of thanks both for standing up for principle despite extraordinary pressure and for exposing the people who put party and broken promises ahead of principle.