The Freedom Caucus owns Obamacare.


Do you remember when Obamacare was passed without a single Republican vote? Me too. As the website failed, premiums skyrocketed, deductibles went inexorably higher, fewer and fewer insurance companies participated, and Americans paid an extra $900 billion in taxes Republicans all could say that the Democrat Party owned Obamacare lock, stock, and barrel.

That’s no longer true. Thirty odd Republicans just voted for Obamacare and their thirty odd votes made Obamacare THE LAW OF THE LAND! Obamacare would be gone except for their actions. This was driven by the Freedom Caucus who kept moving the goal posts and refusing to compromise.

So who owns Obamacare? The “better-than-all-other-Republicans” in the FREEDOM CAUCUS! They took their ball and went home, because the rest of the Republicans elected to Congress “weren’t conservative enough.”

Roy Filly

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18 Responses to The Freedom Caucus owns Obamacare.

  1. Frank says:

    We need 4 political parties. Extreme Liberal party, extreme Conservative party/Freedom Caucus Party, Moderate Republican Party, and Moderate Democratic Party . The 2 moderate parties may be able to reach compromise and solve problems. The two extreme groups can go you know where.

  2. JP Cruze says:

    Bullshit and biased article!!! It was the Freedom Caucus that exposed the deceit from Paul Ryan who falsely claimed that parliamentarian rules/procedures wouldn’t allow for more sweeping changes and true repeal and replacement of Obama Care. Contrary to statements made by Ryan and his backers, they didn’t even seek out advice or a ruling from the House Parliamentarian on the issue of rules!!! Furthermore, they kept the full text of the bill hidden from the public (just like Pelosi) and from other members of the House. This debacle is all on Ryan and to a lesser extent Trump for trusting and believing him in the first place. Kudos to the Freedom Caucus for having the courage to stand up to the pressure and preventing an Obama “Lite” version of a bill which would have been yet another failed plan for the American public and ultimately a badge of failure and dishonor for Trump to wear around his neck forever! This plan was not what we were promised long ago and certainly not what Trump campaigned on!

  3. Anne Malcolm says:

    Will you change your tune when we get something better than Rinocare or Ryancare? We are just tired of “compromise” when it seems that we do all the compromising and get nothing or just a few scraps from the table. I became politically active because of Obamacare and worked so hard to try to repeal it, not tinker around the edges of it. We will get something better IF you start looking for reasons to support something better. Obamacare will implode under its own weight. The Democrats still own Obamacare and I think you should stop floating the idea that the Freedom Caucus owns it. If you need to blame anyone for the failure of Ryancare, join Rush in blaming the Russians, something the Dems will agree with, right?

  4. Stabee. says:

    This isn’t very rugged or individualist of you, lol. I totally disagree with you here but since that is a crappy way to make a first comment on a blog let me also say I do love your blog and I think you make a lot of good points. Back to this post – Failure to repeal Obamacare after years of promises absolutely does make elected Republicans complicit in the reality of Obamacare. The weak, duplicitious Republicans broke promises and revealed their own character by voting year after year to repeal when it had no personal consequences under a president guaranteed to veto and then turning tail and refusing to do so when they had the actual opportunity. I think you nailed it – but exactly backwards when you place the blame at the foot of the Freedom Caucus. Paul Ryan is no more qualified to involve himself in my personal medical choices than was Obama. The Freedom Caucus members are the only ones who kept their word and want to do what every single member of the house has campaigned on and promised to do -repeal obamacare. This travesty of a bill didn’t even come close to doing that and was a betrayal by the Republican establishment representatives to their voters and their word.

    • Roy Filly says:

      Thank you for your well thought out comment. But we definitely disagree. Tomorrow, I will attempt to respond to many of these comments. Too many to deal with individually.

  5. Kevin says:

    This is outright garbage. Nice try Democrats, great deflection. Sorry YOU voted the law into effect, and YOU will forever own it.. This might make for nice rhetoric, but I don’t think so. Choke on your work.

    • Roy Filly says:

      I’m a Republican, not a Democrat. And name calling isn’t a counter argument. Tell me why Obamacare is still the law of the land. iT could have been gone TODAY!

      • P K Ash says:

        Roy, it wouldn’t have been gone…simply replaced with a newer, equally as disastrous version…[ Ryan even tried to do a Pelosi in that he wanted to garbage passed before it was read] Obamacare needs to be repealed & the collective congress then need to get the hell out of it’s own way. It is not now, nor ever has been the governments job to provide healthcare [ which ACA & Ryancare isn’t anyway, rather a way to have control over the masses]

      • Roy Filly says:

        P.K. Please see today’s post for further comment.

  6. Starchild says:

    The general outlines of the proposed Republican replacement plan as described in the media indicates it was just a repackaged version of Obamadontcare that left in place the basic expansion of government’s role in health care in the United States that Obama and congressional Democrats shoved through. Freedom Caucus members deserve our gratitude for refusing to get on board with this.

    Real reform would tackle issues like getting rid of Certificate of Necessity laws that let existing hospitals prevent competing facilities from opening, as Reason reported on earlier this year ( http://reason.com/blog/2017/01/25/how-virginias-hospital-licensing-laws-co ), while repealing Obamadontcare in its entirety instead of keeping most of the flawed law under a new label like Trumpdontcare or Ryandontcare.

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  8. Gary says:

    If the current wretched law as put forth by Ryan et al had been the bill presented by Obama, not a single republican would have voted for it. The “leadership ” sold out. They own Obama care and made sure they gave plenty of ammunition to the same neglected payer big government types as they could. Ryan lied, the milquetoast moderates lied and the American people that placed their trust as n these sleazy sell outs got taken again. There are two sides to this, not four. Time to pick a side and take a stand or sit down and shut up.

  9. Gary says:

    If the current wretched law as put forth by Ryan et al had been the bill presented by Obama, not a single republican would have voted for it. The “leadership ” sold out. They own Obama care and made sure they gave plenty of ammunition to the single payer big government types as they could. Ryan lied, the milquetoast moderates lied and the American people that placed their trust in these sleazy sell outs got taken again. There are two sides to this, not four. Time to pick a side and take a stand or sit down and shut up.

    • Roy Filly says:

      Tell us about the “wretched law” (AHCA) and compare point for point with Obamacare. The AHCA is NOT wretched and it was a beginning. Instead the immutable fact that you have to deal with is that “your Freedom caucus” left us with Obamacare (all 2700 pages in the law and all 11,000 pages of regulations to tell us what to do.) You can’t just say “wretched” and win this argument. You’ll need a few more “facts.”

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