Remember when we were promised that an Obamacare repeal bill would be on President Donald Trump’s desk day one?
There appear to have been some bumps in the road.
While Congressional Republicans could seemingly do nothing but attempt to repeal Obamacare when there was a president in office who wouldn’t sign their repeal, that was apparently nothing more than a symbolic gesture.
After having seven years to analyze Obamacare (which was passed in March of 2010), the best Paul Ryan could come up with was essentially “Obamacare Lite.” Opposition from the House Freedom Caucus took that bill down, and while Trump wants to go to war with them, he should be grateful because Republicans don’t have to own Obamacare 2.0 now.
As for the status of Obamacare’s repeal, what’s next? According to the Washington Examiner, the White House is expected to release the text of a new proposal on Tuesday that would give states the power to opt out of certain Obamacare insurance mandates, in a major attempt to revive Obamacare repeal as early as this week.
Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., chairman of the Freedom Caucus, told reporters after meeting with Vice President and White House officials that he expects the text of the new compromise on Tuesday. But Meadows seemed doubtful on whether the House would vote this week before adjourning Thursday for the two-week Easter recess.