It’s taken Republicans seven years to correct the “disaster” known as Obamacare, and even then, they still can’t come to an agreement.
After several meetings between President Trump and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) and the rest of the House Freedom Caucus, numerous GOP sources confirmed on Thursday afternoon that House GOP leaders would be postponing the vote on the Obamacare replacement plan, known as the American Health Care Act (AHCA).
Republicans could afford to lose only 22 votes on the floor, but it appeared they would be losing much more than that if the House vote moved forward.
This news pleases both conservatives and liberals, who see this healthcare plan as a disastrous one for different reasons. Obviously, liberals don’t want to see Obamacare repealed because they fear 24 million people will lose or forego their health insurance, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Meanwhile, conservatives like Reps. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Dave Brat (R-VA) view the AHCA as the biggest Republican entitlement bill ever, and, as Brat puts it, the “fatal conceit.” However, the bill included a 30 percent surcharge that would penalize insurers for a lapse in coverage, easily impacting millennials the most.
The postponement of the House vote will be viewed as a huge blow to the White House, who put all their eggs into this basket. But, it opens up the possibility of further negotiations to give the House Freedom Caucus what they want, which is a full repeal of Obamacare.
For now, President Trump will have to go back to the negotiating table and secure the remaining votes needed before Friday morning’s rescheduled vote.