Reporting from Politico tells of disarray among congressional Republicans and a lack of direction from the White House that could derail the GOP’s long-promised repeal of Obamacare.
It will be interesting to see how much Alaska’s congressional delegation has to say on the subject when they return home for a weeklong recess next week.
Politico — “Republicans have reached a gut check moment: After spending more than six years vowing to fix the flagging patient that is Obamacare, it’s the GOP’s own repeal effort that’s on life support.
Undoing the health care law despised by conservatives seemed to be a straightforward proposition for the party after it won the White House and retained control of both chambers of Congress. Instead, Republicans are sniping over how much of the law to scrap, what to replace it with and when. At this moment, it’s far from a sure thing any plan could get through Congress.”
“When the president last weighed in constructively, he was prompted by Paul’s appearance on a cable news show, during which he railed against efforts to repeal the law without a replacement. Trump called up Paul to offer his support.
At first, Trump’s call to repeal and replace simultaneously disrupted the party — which at the time was intent on repealing now and figuring out the rest later. But eventually, they came around to Trump’s apparent position and stopped sniping for a few weeks. Now that the party is back in disarray, no one is quite sure what Trump wants. They’re straining to read the tea leaves from a president whose latest statements about Obamacare have confused the timeline and offered no clear direction.
“Right now, I would say it’s not that easy to repeal it. I don’t know if it’s a guarantee,” said Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.). “I don’t know where the White House is. The president has said he’s not going to be kicking people off the program, off the rolls. He’s not going to do that.”