A couple of disturbing bits of reporting have arisen regarding efforts to protect the heaping pile of putrid excrement known as "Ryancare". It seems that the GOP establishment is going after Mark Meadows and others who might break ranks with the Speaker. And Trump unfortunately might be getting in on the act.
David M. Drucker of the Washington Examiner reported, “President Trump has told Republican leaders that he's prepared to play hardball with congressional conservatives to pass the GOP healthcare bill, including by supporting the 2018 primary challengers of any Republican who votes against the bill.
“Sources told the Washington Examiner that Trump made that threat in a White House meeting on Tuesday with House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., and other members of the House GOP whip team that helps line up votes.”
Longtime observers of the political Trump figured the president would eventually threaten to punish intra-party opponents of something he favors. We just didn’t know it would come this soon.
“If negotiations don't reach fruition as the bill readies for a floor vote, Republican insiders said, watch Trump's tweets and travel schedule for signs that he's dispensed with the carrots and brought out the stick to try to get wayward members on board,” Drucker added.
Drucker’s article mentions Rep. Mark Meadows as one of Trump’s potential targets, since the North Carolina representative and chairman of the Freedom Caucus is seen as one of the leaders of the conservative resistance to Ryan’s bill.
Breitbart reported a few days ago that Ryan is using the American Action Network to fund ads against conservatives who oppose his awful healthcare bill. Members of the House Freedom Caucus are intended targets; and Meadows leads that group.
In addition, Daniel Horowitz is reporting at Conservative Review that the American Action Network is funded by Big Pharma, a major beneficiary of Obamacare. That partially explains the GOP establishment's desire to save Obamacare even while publicly claiming to seek its repeal.
Folks really need to be looking at the Constitution Party. The GOP utterly stinks. Repeal via reconciliation should have taken place six weeks ago.