Since 2010, Republicans have made repealing Obamacare their number one campaign promise.
After taking control of Congress in the 2010 and 2014 midterms – and then the Presidency in 2016 – all the pieces are in place to make good on their pledge.
But conservatives are furious that some establishment Republicans are sabotaging their effort.
Establishment Republicans have never been known for their backbone.
Now that they have a President in place who will sign a repeal bill, some of the more moderate members are terrified they will be blamed for any consequences of repealing Obamacare.
Republicans have already missed their self-imposed deadline to pass a repeal bill, and this has left many conservatives wondering if their party will ever make good on a fundamental campaign promise.
Bloomberg reports on the Republicans who are beginning to voice their frustrations:
“House Republicans voiced frustrations Tuesday about slow-moving efforts to unwind Obamacare, urging their leaders to pick up the pace on a top campaign promise.
“Let’s get rid of it,” Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio told reporters at a forum for House conservatives. “That’s what we told the voters we’d do.”
He wasn’t alone.
“I, too, am frustrated with the pace,” said Representative Scott Perry of Pennsylvania. “America needs to know what we stand for. We should vote on something.”
“We should get a plan together that we all, at least we can vote on and decide where we have the votes and where we don’t and where we need to do some work and what policies we can agree upon. And I think the failure to do that over the last four years has caught us somewhat flat-footed,” Perry said.”
Other conservatives are furious that repeal bills have floated by Republicans which don’t actually repeal Obamacare.
They leave large portions of the law intact.
Bloomberg reports that House Freedom Caucus member Raul Labrador is upset the conference isn’t rallying around a total repeal bill which would embrace conservative, free market principles:
“On Tuesday, Labrador said it’s “frustrating” that many Republicans are privately calling for a more government-centered approach than the party has been promising publicly.
“I’m hearing a lot of members say that they want Obamacare-light. And that’s not what we promised the American people,” Labrador said. “I’m very concerned about the things I’m hearing in the conference because they’re different than the things I’ve heard over the last six years.”
Conservatives argue that the biggest political consequence Republicans will face is failing to fully repeal Obamacare.
In 2010 and 2014, Republicans scored massive election victories by making repealing Obamacare their top priority.
Many argue that the anti-establishment fervor which gripped their voters in the 2016 primary was fueled by the failures of Congressional leaders to keep their word and actually fight to repeal Obamacare.
Donald Trump is ready and willing to sign a repeal bill.
Republicans just need to send one to his desk.
But some establishment Republicans are getting cold feet.
And they are betraying the voters who trusted them to repeal Obamacare.