President Trump and Republican congressional leadership in Washington, D.C. had their hopes of coming to terms on a replacement for Obamacare, dashed when legislators all-but filibustered the new proposed bill.
First of all, lets do a little recap.
The initial American Health Care Act was nothing less than Obamacare 2.0.
After the recent MacArthur amendment, the always reluctant House Freedom Caucus gave the bill their approval, and even Sen. Ted Cruz (R) gave the measure a half thumbs up.
Not a full thumbs up, but a half.
Here is what Cruz said after about the new healthcare bill:
“The agreement reached in the House on health care reform is a significant improvement from the original bill and would not have been possible without the hard work of the House Freedom Caucus, led by Chairman Mark Meadows. If this bill passes the House, it will fall to the Senate to further improve the bill and I am committed to working with my Senate colleagues on provisions to ensure we keep our promise to provide more choices for consumers, put people in control of their healthcare, and, most importantly, lower premiums.”-Sen. Ted Cruz
The bill was set for a floor vote in the House on Friday, but because it lacked the backing it needed to pass, House leadership yanked the bill, again.
So who is to blame for the lack of support for the new GOP healthcare bill?
You can lay partial blame to those pesky sun-baked Florida Republican members of the House. The Tampa Bay Times asked every single member of the Republican caucus their position on the bill.
All of them, except for Rep. Matt Gaetz, who said he would support it, said that they were still out to lunch on the bill.
Wait, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen stated that she did not support the bill.
Everyone besides Gaetz and Ros-Lehtinen was non-committal.