(NationalSentinel) Congress: The House Freedom Caucus may have just scored a victory for the country – and certainly for conservatives who want Obamacare gone and buried. Because of their universal opposition to the Obamacare Lite bill that was being pushed by Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and the White House, unfortunately, the planned Thursday night vote on the measure has been indefinitely postponed.
The House of Representatives delayed its vote on repealing and replacing parts of the Affordable Care Act after Republican leaders failed to rally enough support to pass the bill, sources told CNBC.
The GOP House caucus will meet at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday to discuss its path forward, NBC News reported. Debate on the plan will start in the House on Thursday night and Republicans expect to have the votes to pass it on Friday, a White House spokeswoman said.
The postponement is a sobering setback for Republicans, who aimed to pass health-care legislation before moving to other parts of their agenda, particularly tax reform. The GOP had timed Thursday’s now-aborted vote to the seventh anniversary of the passage of the ACA, popularly known as Obamacare.
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The biggest problem with the American Health Care Act that Paul offered is that it keeps too much of Obamacare intact, and as such, the private-sector perversion created by the Democrats’ legislation. If that perversion remains, little competition will be reintroduced into a system badly in need of it, and thus, prices for premiums and out-of-pocket deductibles will continue to rise.
It’s better to not vote on a bad bill while a better one is worked out than to put a bad bill up for a vote, only to see it fail.