For those who saw last week’s Obamacare replacement bill as a stinker, the House Freedom Caucus are heroes.
Their steadfast refusal to support the bill, as written, made them rock stars to those who saw that the bill did not go far enough to roll back premiums, and was basically just a re-touched version of the original Obamacare, with a few added touches.
Not everyone within the HFC were on board with the stand down, however.
Texas Representative Ted Poe has resigned from the HFC, due to their rejection of the bill.
“I have resigned from the House Freedom Caucus. In order to deliver on the conservative agenda we have promised the American people for eight years, we must come together to find solutions to move this country forward,” Poe wrote in a statement. “Saying no is easy, leading is hard, but that is what we were elected to do. Leaving this caucus will allow me to be a more effective Member of Congress and advocate for the people of Texas. It is time to lead.”
Poe was one of the few who actually planned to support the bill.
“Thx for your leadership @realDonaldTrump @SpeakerRyan Some only want to be the party of ‘no’ & would’ve voted against the 10 commandments,” the seven-term Republican wrote on Twitter Friday, after Ryan pulled the party’s health care bill from the House floor.
Ok. That was a little much, and I have to believe with seven terms under his belt, maybe Poe has become so entrenched in Washington that he’s now more about going along to get along than he is about finding actual solutions, because this bill wasn’t that.