For seven years, Republicans complained about Obamacare and threatened to repeal it. The House voted to do that a number of times, but every effort was thwarted by the Senate. During this seven-year period, it seems that no one bothered to begin drafting a workable replacement. When they realized that they needed a replacement, they only had a couple of months and their result was dismal. Now, a second revised draft is gaining support among some of the Republicans who refused to support the first draft.
The House Freedom Caucus, a group of hard-line conservatives who were instrumental in blocking President Trump’s plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act last month, gave its approval Wednesday to a new, more conservative version, breathing new life into Republican efforts to replace President Barack Obama’s health law.
Senior White House officials, led by Reince Priebus, the chief of staff, have relentlessly pressed Republicans to revive the health care push before Mr. Trump’s hundred-day mark on Saturday, and with conservatives falling into line, the bill has a chance to get through the House, possibly as early as Friday.
It was not clear whether conservative support for the revised legislation would be matched by losses in the center, especially among Republicans representing districts won by Hillary Clinton. But the rest of the House Republican Conference was left with a stark choice:
Hopefully, this time, Republicans have their act together and come up with a workable plan that will be acceptable and workable. If not, there is no telling when they’ll have another chance to fulfill their campaign promises and threats. If they fail again, it could spell certain doom for many Republicans in their bids to get re-elected.