While the White House and moderate Republicans blamed a lack of census as the reason the GOP plan to replace Obamacare failed, conservative radio host Mark Levin says there’s a different reason behind the bill’s failure on Friday.
In just one paragraph posted to Facebook on Friday, Levin delivered a blistering takedown of House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who Levin says is failing as the Republican leader in Congress.
According to Levin, the GOP health care bill, titled, “The American Health Care Act,” failed because GOP leadership tried to ram through a bill that didn’t resemble conservatism or anything conservatives stand for.
“Mr. Ryan, you continue with your mantra, that the GOP is now a governing party not an opposition party,” Levin wrote. “These are words that apply to you.”
“You failed to develop a plan that embraced market capitalism and you did not involve the GOP conservatives in the early phases of drafting your plan. You tried to force this plan through, adopted a few changes, but mostly continued with big-government ideas and much of Obamacare’s essential elements,” Levin explained.
“The failure to govern is on the GOP leadership. And the failure to uphold the repeal promise with an actual repeal of most of Obamacare is also on the GOP leadership,” he added.
In the end, Levin said the “troubling circumstances” surrounding the ACHA “could have been avoided.”
The bill had severe pushback from House and Senate conservatives. The House Freedom Caucus, led by Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), was staunchly opposed to the bill from the onset. They argued the bill was essentially “Obamacare Lite” and didn’t fulfill the GOP promise to replace Obamacare with market-based solution. Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) voiced similar concerns.
Throughout the whipping process, the GOP was short of the required number of votes they needed to pass the bill. And on Friday, the day the House was scheduled to vote on the legislation, reports indicated that GOP leadership was losing even more votes, which is why they cancelled the vote Friday afternoon.
The White House and GOP leadership have said they are moving on from Obamacare and will next work on tax reform.