After the dismal failure of the American Health Care Act, the ball is in the GOP’s court when it comes to serving up timely legislation that will follow through with the promised repeal-replace of Obamacare. According to Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA), one of the leaders of the House Freedom Caucus, a compromise bill could reach President Donald Trump’s desk sooner than anticipated.
“Within a few weeks, I think D.C. is going to be a little bit shocked,” Brat told Capital Download on Wednesday. “We’re going to get to yes.”
The pressure is on Republican lawmakers to come up with a health care solution. Trump wishes to fulfill his campaign promise to get rid of Obamacare and has expressed his frustration at the Freedom Caucus’ interference with the last attempt. And GOP members of Congress are facing the ire of their constituents at town hall meetings across the country.
“The new guys on the block are showing up in an environment now where we’re having these town halls, and we’re getting just annihilated, right?” Brat said. “The Democrats are showing up: The ‘Indivisible’ group, the ‘Resist’ group. They said, ‘We’re upset.’ They said, ‘We were asleep; we thought Hillary was going to get in. We’re ticked off, so we’re going to take it out on you.’”
Unlike the American Health Care Bill, which was pulled from consideration after failing to appease both the Freedom Caucus and the moderate Republicans at the same time, Brat believes that the new legislation will make it all the way through the Senate. But it might not be easy.
“This isn’t about Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, right, and your community leaders,” he said. “This is the big time, with trillions of dollars at stake. They’ll be a war; there always is. Somebody will get thrown under the bus — usually people with principles. But this is a win-win, and the Senate, there’s going to be pressure on the Senate, too.”