The GOP did run on a repeal and replace. This is not debatable. The Freedom Caucus is being blamed for remaining faithful to that promise.
It’s not as if the bill has to be watered down because of Democrat opposition. It was watered down because of the opposition of the GOP to the very promise it was making six months ago.
What happened that made the GOP the opposition party to a clean repeal and replace? After all, GOPers in the House had passed over 60 healthcare bills already while Obama was President. Now that they are the governing party for some reason the bills that they had passed were no longer good enough.
That Trump signed onto Ryan Care is not a good signal sent to conservatives. There is no doubt that Trump was elected by the conservative base and not the GOP mainstream. That base deserves Trump’s support, not least because he promised it to them.
Let’s not make health care an entitlement program. If we do, no matter how much or little, the game is over and the principle established that health care is now a government program. Whatever government subsidizes goes up in price. Costs cannot be contained when the government is the final answer to the survival of a program. And that is the nightmare.