Its surprising how much you can accomplish if you don't care who gets the credit
WASHINGTON ― As House Republicans scramble for votes on their health care overhaul, GOP leaders are betting that a visit from President Donald Trump on Tuesday will help close the deal on the legislation ― and House Freedom Caucus leaders are swearing it will not.
Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) emerged from the group’s weekly meeting late Monday night to tell reporters he was confident House leaders did not have the votes to pass their Affordable Care Act rewrite and that, even with pressure from Trump, conservatives would not waver.
Meadows said that, without the changes the Freedom Caucus has demanded, it would be “very difficult, if not impossible” for leaders to find the votes to pass their health care bill.
“This is a defining moment for our nation, but it’s also a defining moment for the Freedom Caucus,” Meadows said.
While Meadows was cagey about an exact whip count ― as well as whether some members of the group might waver if Trump applied all the pressure at his disposal ― other Freedom Caucus members were confident that conservatives controlled their own destiny.
Reporters staking out the Freedom Caucus meeting Monday night couldn’t help but notice that the group of nearly 40 conservatives had not taken an official position against the Republican legislation, a potential signal that the caucus was split and opposition might not be as monolithic as some members wanted to present. But members assured reporters that leaders didn’t have the votes.
“We took a position weeks ago. Our position has not changed,” Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) said.
“They don’t have the votes to pass it,” Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) said.
Asked if there were enough members opposed in the Freedom Caucus alone to sink the bill ― meaning there were at least 21 in the group who would vote against the bill ― Amash said that was “absolutely” the case.
“And there are others outside of the Freedom Caucus not voting for it as well,” Amash added.
GOP leaders made their own moves late Monday night, releasing a manager’s amendment that would assuage some concerns of less hard-line conservatives and GOP moderates. Republican leaders, as promised, added language for the optional block-granting of Medicaid, as well as optional Medicaid work requirements. At the same time, in a nod to moderates, the amendment would add funding to help individuals with high health care costs, though it does not explicitly detail how much money would go to that endeavor and is indecipherable from the legislative language.
Continue reading on HuffPo because once in a while, they get it nearly right although we do have some suspicions that there may be some stretch of facts in this report. It's the HuffPo, after all.
Is the "Freedom Caucus" really about providing Americans freedom? Perhaps the following will help let us know.
Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC)
1024 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Congressman Meadows:
Though I don’t live in your district I accept that as Chairman of the Freedom Caucus you represent all Americans. I thank you for undertaking the task of trying to forge an alliance among conservatives whose purpose I pray is to try to again make Americans free against what must seem like insurmountable odds.
In a recent article I read the “Caucus members were confident that conservatives controlled their own destiny.” Oh how I wish I could agree! But I can’t! My studies have convinced me that not only is this impossible under present policies but that President Trump is either ill-informed or trying to “hoodwink” Americans with his promise to “Make America Great Again.”
Unfortunately, I see NO WAY for you, President Trump, the Congress or anyone else to “Make America Great Again” without America regaining control of its destiny; an act that demands America exit the U.N. (or at least abandon its promise to support U.N. policies), bring monetary policy into compliance with the Constitution rather than the 5th plank of the Communist Manifesto, and repudiate the unlawfully created and un payable debts we theoretically owe due to this policy. Short of these changes I believe Americans will be forced to continue to live in accordance with the ten planks of the Communist Manifesto.
Sincerely, cc: Congressman Paul Gosar
2000 E Ramar #509
Bullhead City, AZ 86442
Get government out of the "healthcare business" it's not a right given to us at all. It is an "inalienable" right government has given to us, not what the Constitution gave us. The free-market capitalism will give us the proper medical insurance through a cafeteria plan for all individuals and groups. You pick what you want, your deductibles, and out of pocket costs ... and keep the government out of a demanding role ... by them saying "what you need". You want the Cadillac plan ... then buy it. But let's start by getting all of Congress to have the same choices for themselves that we can get. Make them accountable for their pay from us.
Republicans once in power act just like democrats, raising the debt, bridges to nowhere, and lacking common sense ..... that is with a very few exceptions ... like the Freedom Caucus.
This was one of the ONLY things I didn't support Trump on when he said "all will have healthcare" and the "government will pay for it". Is that not socialized medicine under a single payer system? He accused Cruz of lying on this, but now we know that the establishment had no PLANS even though they had 7 years to work on this ... only lip service. This bill, as written does not reduce premiums or lower deductibles because that's how insurance companies KEEP THEIR profits! We need free-market reforms not government "approved" plans. Where are the Health Savings Accounts mentioned? .... in phase 3. Bad ideas=irresponsible leadership from Congressional Republicans.