It was announced late Thursday that the vote to repeal Obamacare and move the American Health Care Act forward had to be delayed because Republicans couldn't get their sh*t together. Any way you look at it, this is bad...very bad.
Put aside, for a moment, that Republicans had seven years to have this disagreement settled. That, in and of itself is worth a bitch slap to every one of their faces.
The failure of Republicans to act as a cohesive unit has made Republicans - a majority in both legislative chambers, and who own the White House - vulnerable to Progressive pressure tactics that are played out from outside the legitimate governmental process. Now, the narrative rules and process and procedure need to accommodate that fact.
Stupid is as stupid does.
I align, ideologically, with the sentiment of the House Freedom Caucus. I don't think government should be injected in the free market where health insurance (and that is what we are talking about) is concerned. If you want to figure something out for those who fall through the cracks then bring that issue through regular order and see where it goes, but slipping entitlements into the repeal of a wholly unconstitutional piece of legislation is bullsh*t.
Where I differ with the Freedom Caucus is in it's process. Progressives have taught us - by virtue of success - that incremental victory combined with relentless attention and dedication gets you to where you want to go. Republicans should have learned that lesson and held other Trump Administration initiatives hostage to get the full measure of what they wanted in repeal/replace rather than causing this exploitable fissure in the GOP.
That said, Pres. Trump and Speaker Ryan need to be able to provide assurances to the Freedom Caucus and Senate Conservatives that their concerns will be incorporated in the final measure. So far, the fissure is all about trust that "Phase II" and "Phase III" will actually be achieved.
Republicans have to transcend their immovable positions to do what is right for the country. If that means understanding that incremental victory can lead to total victory than so be it. If it means trusting in your fellow Republicans, so be it. But failure is not an option...and the American people are watching.
Failure on the part of the Republicans to deliver relief from Obamacare will be the death of the party...guaranteed.