Wall Street Journal Throws Temper Tantrum Over Healthcare Defeat

The Wall Street Journal used its editorial page to blast Conservatives for killing Paul Ryan’s Obamacare 2.0 bill. They are very upset that the bill, which would have put the Republican “Seal of Approval” on the basic framework of Obamacare, went down to defeat. Let us be clear, to support Ryan’s bill is to support government-run healthcare. Of course it would not be nearly as bad as “Single Payer,” but nevertheless nearly every aspect of how healthcare is provided in the United States would be dictated by government.

And you thought that the Wall Street Journal supported Free Market Capitalism… you silly rabbit.

Here’s a little from their temper tantrum piece:

House Republicans pulled their health-care bill shortly before a vote on Friday, and for once the media dirge is right about a GOP defeat. This is a major blow to the Trump Presidency, the GOP majority in Congress, and especially to the cause of reforming and limiting government.

The damage is all the more acute because it was self-inflicted. President Trump was right to say on Friday that Democrats provided no help, but Democrats were never going to vote to repeal President Obama’s most important legislation. And that’s no excuse. Republicans have campaigned for more than seven years on repealing and replacing ObamaCare, and they finally have a President ready to sign it. In the clutch they choked.

Speaker Paul Ryan and Mr. Trump worked together and to their credit to broker a compromise between the GOP’s moderate and conservative wings. Their bill worked off the reality that the U.S. health system has changed under ObamaCare and thus an orderly transition is necessary to get to a free-market system without throwing millions off insurance. The GOP also is a center-right coalition with competing views and priorities. The bill had flaws but was the largest entitlement reform and spending reduction in recent decades.

That wasn’t good enough for the 29-or-so members of the House Freedom Caucus who sabotaged this fragile legislative balance. When one of their demands was met, they dug in and made another until they exceeded what the rest of the GOP conference could concede. You can’t have a good-faith negotiation when one party doesn’t know how to say yes—or won’t.