Trump Earns Key Victory in Efforts to Repeal and Replace Paul Ryan
Last night, the plan to repeal Obamacare and replace it with Ryancare was knocked down without so much as a vote. Paul Ryan was unable to gather the number of GOP Congressmen needed to secure a victory for his repeal and replace plan. This failure was largely because of resistance from the Freedom Caucus — a far-right group of conservative legislators advocating for repeal without replacement.
The far-right won the battle against Ryancare. The people did not save Obamacare. There is a big difference.
Unfortunately, the left is not entirely clear on that difference and both #TheResistance and the Democrats are claiming victory and celebrating. In other words, the opposing team scored a touchdown and the fans are inexplicably cheering in the stands.
Without a doubt, we are in the Darkest Timeline.
I promised my readers that the follow-up to the Trump is Unimpeachable article would explain solutions to that problem. I still intend to publish that work within the next few days. I feel the need, though, to clarify the failure of the AHCA if we ever have hope of moving forward and stopping Trump, the GOP and Russia. If #TheResistance can’t tell the difference between a loss and a victory, we are in more trouble than we think.
So, let’s get clear on what happened last night and get back to work.
To maintain control of the Republican party, the far-right must maintain political leverage over the moderate right. One of the individuals that stands in the way of their full control of the GOP is Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. White House Strategist and white nationalist blogger Stephen Bannon has been quoted as declaring, “Paul Ryan is the enemy” and stating that the goal of the long game is to get rid of him altogether. The Freedom Caucus shares a similar vision. The battle to replace Obamacare with Ryancare was the first major attempt to bring that vision into reality.
The fight to pass the AHCA wasn’t a battle to repeal and replace Obamacare. It was a battle to Repeal and Replace Paul Ryan.
Under the guise of repealing and replacing Obamacare the Freedom Caucus, Bannon, Trump, and the far-right set out to begin the process to remove Paul Ryan as Speaker of the House and so they can replace him with a member of their own. The AHCA was signed in silence, unlike the motions Trump truly supports which are rolled out to great fanfare. There were no cameras, no media, no celebratory rallies. The bill was not branded as Trumpcare and Trump did not engage in his usual twitter and TV storm support for this effort. The AHCA bill was presented in dark, but open shadows.
The first group to voice opposition was the Freedom Caucus. Led by Mark Meadows, the HFC made it clear that they would not back a plan that repealed the ACA and replaced it with “Obamacare 2.0.” In predictable GOP style, the right sold their rejection of the replacement plan as a movement to protect the people of America from high premiums and fewer healthcare options. As core member of the Freedom Caucus Mo Brooks proclaimed:
“As much as I would like to vote with many of my Republican colleagues in Congress and in the White House (most of whom privately tell me they dislike the bad policy in this bill), I will vote against the American Health Care Act because it has more bad policy than any bill I have ever faced. I simply cannot, and will not, vote for bad legislation that hurts so many Americans solely because Washington friends and colleagues ask me to.”
I repeat, the GOP attempted to shroud their takedown of both Obamacare and Ryancare in populist rhetoric. Sound familiar? It should. It’s the Trump Administration’s go-to play. After all, Trump is the working man’s outsider that is bringing the fight of the American people to the White House, right? Right.
And just as predictable as the strategy they used was its success against moderate Republicans, Democrats, and the Resistance alike. In other words, they predictably kicked our asses. Hard. The bill failed. The left has convinced themselves that they won a victory against Trump. And the Freedom Caucus has reasserted their control of Congress, the Republican Party, and the Future of the United States.
The next step? Begin the process of removing Paul Ryan — just as they had removed Speaker John Boehner in 2015.
And as if on cue, it was reported by Breitbart “Republican officials in Congress and the White House are now openly discussing finding a GOP replacement to Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as Speaker of the House, after Ryan failed to pass the American Health Care Act out of the House and misled the public and President Donald Trump when he promised repeatedly the bill would pass.”
The Freedom Caucus continues its path of destruction — without an obstacle in sight. And the left is inexplicably celebrating a victory.
A win for the Freedom Caucus is not a win for the people or #TheResistance. As a pregnant mom living with disabilities, I want to celebrate a victory for Obamacare as much as the next, if not more. I will be the first to celebrate with you. But we did not win. We did not save Obamacare. We just took another hit. And we need to fight back.
Next article, I promise, is on how to do just that.