Last week’s rollout of a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act was a success for just about nobody. Even after much discussion on Capitol Hill, the only politicians backing the bill are the House GOP leadership and President Trump, with Democrats solidly against repeal of any kind and Republicans split between replacement options.

In the House, the Freedom Caucus has emerged as a loud and forceful GOP voice opposing the draft bill, which has already passed unscathed through the Ways and Means ommittee as well as Energy and Commerce. To get a sense of the tenor of this intra-party debate, consider an incident from the middle of the week. Freedom Caucus member congressman Justin Amash (R., Mich.) was asked on CNN whether he’s truly prepared to vote against a Republican repeal-and-replace bill. His response? “It’s not a Republican repeal and replace. It’s a repackaging of Obamacare.”
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