GOP must follow Trump on healthcare, no art in dealing with Dems

The vote was indeed a defining moment - a test in which the Freedom Caucus had to decide: Would it remain a minoritarian opposition bloc whose only role was to defend truth without compromise?

I will be watching the Long Island congressional delegation to see whether it is capable of and willing to legislate in a bipartisan manner and represent diverse constituencies, instead of partisan interests.

If only the objects of his wrath, the Freedom Caucus, had reason to worry. As I mentioned earlier today, the president has doubled down on the Freedom Caucus, the 30 or so members of the conservative members of the House of Representatives, The Politico and such others in their headline are referring to the three Freedom Caucus leaders as the ringleaders, Mark Meadows, Jim Jordan, Raul Labrador. They recruited a primary challenger for him in 2014 with backing from the U.S.

They asked to allow states to choose between a traditional block grant and a per-capita block grant - and got it.

Sure, it's hard to get votes from people when you don't ask. He's hoping to quickly restore public faith in his leadership, which has so far been stymied by federal judges, the House Freedom Caucus and basic math.

In order to drive premiums lower, the Freedom Caucus wants to take an ax to two insurance mandates: The essential health benefits provision that requires insurers to cover benefits like maternity, substance abuse and prescription drugs, and the community rating measure, which prevents insurers from basing premiums on health status, gender or age in a specific area. The Freedom Caucus folks were pretty blunt.

Yet here they are, in full control of government but unable to deliver their pledge.

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Trump has neither a clear White House tax plan nor adequate staff yet to see through a planned tax overhaul, according to interviews with people in the administration, in Congress and among US tax experts. Moore helped write the Trump campaign tax plan. "Nearly everyone succumbs to the D.C. Establishment", he wrote in response to Trump's tweet.

First, Trump lacked the responsibility and poise to organize his majority government into a coherent plan to improve, repeal, or replace Obamacare. He also said we're done working on health care, that's obviously not true, this week. That's why Trump won the presidency, and it is what voters expect of him. Amid Sunday's circular firing squad of finger-pointing and recriminations, Trump offered to work with (Gasp!) Democrats to push through his future policies. (The "not", by the way, is all-caps on her website.) "No one expected a businessman to completely understand the nuances, the complicated ins and outs of Washington and its legislative process".

Will the Freedom Caucus learn from its mistake?

When House Speaker Paul Ryan was forced to withdraw the repeal-and-replace bill that he designed and Trump supported, Trump sounded more like one of the "loo-zahs" that he loves to mock. Under the GOP replacement, fewer people would have had coverage, and workers further down the income scale would have been particularly hard hit.

"It's not enough that we just repeal and replace (the ACA)". The goal is not to support the most conservative legislation; it is - to paraphrase William F. Buckley's famous rule - to support the most conservativeviablelegislation that can win.

David Bozell, the president of For America, said the Republican leadership, in trying to ram through a flawed bill, is making the same mistake that Democrat Nancy Pelosi made when Obamacare was first passed, and that is "trying to slip a bill past the goalie". Team Trump will be wandering in with a series of campaign promises that nobody has any intention of keeping and a team of "negotiators" that don't have the foggiest idea what they're actually doing.

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