President Trump has so far has been untouched by attacks from the conservative wing of the GOP. On the contrary, Speaker Paul Ryan’s ObamaCare repeal and replace plan, has been receiving the brunt of the pressure, even though as we speak the White House vigorously whips support for the bill.
Breitbart News, which has long been one of Ryan’s most vocal foes and even supported his opponent in the primary, panned his American Health Care Act as “Speaker Ryan’s ObamaCare 2.0.”
Conservative media and Tea Party lawmakers have been nearly unanimous in directing their anger at Ryan and GOP leadership. Again, leaving the president untouched, as they’ve credited Trump with being open to helping them improve the bill and negotiate better terms – even as the White House puts its muscle behind the bill’s passage.
Tea Party Patriots president Jenny Beth Martin, who met with Trump on Wednesday, said:
“What we’ve seen from President Trump in 49 days in office is that he’s working to keep the promises he made on the campaign trail, so I’m encouraged and optimistic about that,”
The White House has come out and said they are very optimistic of the bill’s passage even to the point where Sean Spicer said, “This bill will land on the president’s desk, he will sign it,” even adding that Ryan’s Thursday presentation was “a very good PowerPoint.”
Meanwhile, conservative groups and lawmakers are emerging from meetings praising Trump for being open to negotiation, while hanging their displeasure with the bill squarely on GOP leadership in the House – particularly Speaker Ryan.
Americans for Prosperity president Tim Phillips, who also met with Trump on Wednesday said in regards to the legislation:
“There are good things in it. We appreciate that. But it’s not what they promised, which is full repeal of ObamaCare.”
The question now is, will the American people get “Obamacare Lite” as called by Senator Rand Paul or a “wonderful replacement to a disastrous situation” as stated by Speaker Ryan?