We won't forget the GOP No List in 2018!
Everyone knew House Democrats weren't going to vote for the American Health Care Act. It repeals one of the biggest pieces of socialism ever passed in this country, and Democrats love socialism. So it was understood that all the yes votes, of which there were 217, would have to come from Republicans.
What doesn't make sense is why 23 Republicans (20 House, 3 Senate) voted no, and because of that, I am not going to forget these 20 or let them off the hook.
There was nothing in this legislation that warranted their no vote. Contrary to what you've heard, it doens't leave people with pre-existing conditions high and dry. It doesn't rip people's health care away from them. It's not perfect, but it's 1,000 times better than ObamaCare and it deserved the vote of every House Republican.
Governing has not been an easy experience for Republicans thus far in 2017. There are difficult challenges to face. I get that. But this was an excellent opportunity for Republicans to be united in solving one of the most important problems out there - and these 23 blew it. Maybe they're scared. Maybe they're RINOs. Maybe they want to impress the media or other liberals back in their districts.
Or maybe they're so convinced their districts are safe that they can commit a betrayal like this and get away with it. Usually a legislator who does something like this counts on people to forget by the time the next election comes around.
I'm not going to do that. I'm prepared to support any credible primary challenge to these 23, with both money and voice. Now, they may come around and vote for good legislation over the balance of this congressional session. It's always possible they will somewhat redeem themselves. But even if they do, this was the biggest vote facing Republicans so far in this Congress, and they failed. That will not, and should not, be forgotten.The repeal of ObamaCare relieves Americans of one of the worst pieces of legislation in the past century. There is no excuse for not supporting it.
Here is the list of the infamous 23 RINOS:
(Click each name to go directly to each member's website. Call them. Write them. Remember them.)
Don't let them off the hook. Because when it came to the stench that is ObamaCare, they wouldn't let you off the hook.