Flagg on Obamacare Repeal: “Leadership has not adapted to the new reality.”

Our own Col. Flagg weighs in on what happened with the Republican healthcare bill and why:

I think there are two basic problems.

The first is that Paul Ryan is trying to solve all the problems by himself. He was trying to put a bill through the House that he thought could make it all the way through the process. He should have been focused on what 218 members wanted to do. It will get changed in the Senate no matter what the House does, so don’t worry so much about the Senate. Focus on the House.

The second is that Leadership has not adapted to the new reality. Ryan’s press conference made that clear. He said they had an open process, and the Members had every chance to weigh in.

Under the old reality, that would have been true. Leadership held briefings, listening sessions and the text was available. But it was all held secret. The text was held behind locked doors. In the old reality, leadership said “this is our bill, get in line,” and it generally worked.

The new reality is that many of these members won’t get in line. They have objections, and they are not afraid to say them and vote accordingly. They have principled positions, and they vote them. There aren’t earmarks to bribe members, and even if there were, it’s not clear these members would get in line even for that.

Leadership is thinking “top down.” Even when Ryan reached out in the middle of this, he reached out to the chairmen of the Freedom Caucus and the Republican Study Committee. As far as I can tell, they didn’t really reach out to many individual members.

When Obamacare passed the House, it was because Nancy Pelosi had personal conversations with each of the Democrats. And she kept engaging them, reaching out to them, making sure they happy, or at least happy enough.

If GOP leadership can’t figure out how to do that, they’re going to have a long two years until the midterms.

Col. Flagg agrees with The Federalist article posted at this LINK.

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