The Republicans will suffer for this. They promised something, and they didn’t deliver. Conservatives will stay home in 2018, thinking that it doesn’t matter much who is in power.
House Republicans trained their fire on each other after Friday’s failure to pass an Obamacare repeal bill, which had to be pulled amid a divided GOP that couldn’t come together on a unified plan to start dismantling the law.
Some GOP members believed that demands from the conservative House Freedom Caucus, which included adding insurance regulations that may not have gotten through the Senate, were the reason for the failure. But others blamed the GOP leadership for failing to get the bill across the finish line.
“The Freedom Caucus won. They got Obamacare forever,” said Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas, after leaving the conference meeting where House Speaker Paul Ryan announced he didn’t have the votes to pass the bill.