The Batshit Caucus May Block Obamacare Repeal

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Yes, the Freedom Caucus may block repeal, but not for the same reasons you or I would.

Repealing Obamacare but leaving the law in place for the next several years before it falls off a cliff would mean leaving in place the mechanisms that fund the law, at least temporarily.

Temporarily leaving the law's funding mechanisms intact is apparently a bridge too far for the Flying Monkey Caucus which is threatening to block the budget resolution that calls for repealing Obamacare.

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, R-N.C., told the Washington Examiner he is unlikely to support the resolution poised for passage in the Senate next week because of his worries about Obamacare taxes. He said his members could block it in the House by using their roughly 40-member caucus to deny the GOP majority that's needed to pass it.

In other words, the current strategy for repealing the law doesn't go far enough.

The GOP's majority in the House actually narrowed this year, meaning it would take only 23 Republican defections to sink the budget resolution. The Freedom Caucus has 40 members.

It remains to be seen if the GOP's first effort to repeal the law will actually be blocked by their own members, but it's within the realm of possibility. A growing number of Republican senators have also voiced opposition to the "repeal and delay" strategy.

This is perfectly in line with the Freedom Caucus's behavior over the past several years, it's just incredibly amusing to see it in play now at this moment.

Republicans are incapable of governing.

  • muselet

    I’m not holding my breath until our glorious news media unleash a barrage of stories blaring REPUBLICANS IN DISARRAY!, even though the Rs are splitting into narrower and narrower subdivisions of their core ideology.

    I will be shocked if the Sunday yak shows even mention the Freedumb Caucus’s mutiny, even in passing.

    Republicans are incapable of governing.

    That’s been true at least since the 1994 Gingrich Revolution. The current crop of Rs manage to make Newton Leroy Gingrich look like a bleedin’ statesman.


    • Draxiar

      I really do hope the big news outlets grow a pair of marbles, drop the kid gloves, and report as they should. Maybe if the Dems ramp up the attacks (been doing okay so far…more is needed) it’ll cause the outlets to report on that and get something out there that makes The Marmalde Monster and his toadies nuts.

      • Aynwrong

        Attacks from Democrats should be directed at the media as well. Not only Fox, but the MSM. If the Sunday shows don’t report what’s actually happening or let Trump get away with lies (as they inevitably will) Democratic officials should lace in them as hard and as viciously as Conservatives go after the so called “liberal media.”

  • Aynwrong

    I asked a few Trump supporters on Twitter who were now voicing their displeasure and even disgust for Trump’s decisions & appointments earlier why they were surprised by any of this. One in particular stated that he was a small business owner who “needed his Obamacare.” So he needed Obamacare yet he voted for Trump. Honestly it boggles the mind.

    I’m waiting to see if I get any intelligent replies or just babbling, incoherent rage.

    • Badgerite

      The irony is that it is the red states constituents who are more dependent on this than Blue states. Obama fought to get this passed to benefit the whole nation. Red and blue. Just as he promised.

      • Aynwrong

        Of course he did. Obama is a decent human being and a patriot. There doesn’t seem to be anything like that left in the GOP.

        • Badgerite

          There doesn’t, does there? I kind of like that Mullen guy. I listened to a podcast he did and he was really quite decent and thoughtful. Former CIA.
          Disgusted by what is going on right now. Of course.

          • Aynwrong

            I agree.

            Though I have to admit every time I think I kind of like and even respect an R there’s always that one moment when they say something that makes me think “Really?!?” And it’s never over an ideological difference. It’s when they start pushing some BS I know for a fact is BS. At least for now he’s a guy who gets how incredibly unacceptable Trump is.

            And right now, I’ll take it.