Who knows what happens next, but tonight I will pour myself a gin and tonic, grab some olives and watch Fox News.
But if they take it away (the non-freedom caucus people), then THEY are the people who took it away. They want it gone, just not to pull the trigger PERSONALLY. I'm only surprised they didn't hot potato it over to the Senate. The Freedom Caucus has to get re-elected too. Maybe they're mostly in the most red, the most ignorant districts, but they're not an unstoppable force. We are, however, an immovable object.
Originally Posted by Volta
NONE of the republicans against UHC really care about the uninsured out of moral or ethical reasons. It's optics for re-election ONLY. So a straight repeal (and a repeal/replace that was worse than ACA) would have meant a bloodbath in 2018. Blue senate, blue House. Individuals might remain, but the GOP would be done for a very long time. They might have made SOME of their base more devoted, but that's maybe 15% of the population. Maybe. The polls were all saying any R voting for this bill (which at least in theory was better than a straight repeal) was out in 2018, 2020, 2022.