How the Conservatives Lost Their Mind over Obamacare
Conservative leaders are struggling to find their minds in the wake of the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on the Affordable Care Act.
In the last few weeks, leaders of the House and Senate have struggled to find the right words to describe the landmark ruling, which means the nation’s most popular health care program has officially ended.
The ruling on Friday night was a big blow to the conservative movement, with many members of Congress expressing disappointment with President Donald Trump’s decision to sign the law, but they were quick to point out that the ruling was a “win for everybody.”
While conservatives were quick and defiant to say they would continue to fight the law for as long as they can, many were quick on the defensive when the Supreme Council of the U.S. Senate issued its own statement Monday, arguing that the conservative leadership did not adequately communicate the importance of repealing the law.
House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, both of whom are Republicans, both took to Twitter Monday to explain their opposition to the law as a “victory for everybody” and to say that the Supreme court ruling had “broken our hearts.”
The conservative leaders were quick Thursday to criticize the Supreme council, arguing in the aftermath of the ruling that the organization had been “overworked” and that they did not have the resources or personnel to adequately communicate to the American people how the law was working.
“There is no doubt that our conservative movement is feeling the impact of this ruling,” McConnell said.
“The Conservative Political Action Conference was very busy yesterday, as was the Heritage Foundation.
Both organizations did a great job of raising awareness and rallying the American public, but the Supreme Center of the United States Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., made a decision to rule against our conservative leadership.”
The president’s decision, however, did not make the Conservative Political Leadership Conference any more popular.
According to the Congressional Leadership Fund, which tracks how the conservative grassroots is feeling, the Conservative Action Fund and the Heritage Action for America, two conservative groups, have collectively raised nearly $4.3 million during the first quarter of 2018, compared to the Conservative Victory Fund, the conservative organization that spent the most.
The Conservative Victory fund raised $4 million in the first three months of 2018.
The Conservative Action fund raised just $1.5 million, the fund said.
In a statement released Thursday, the American Conservative Union, the nations largest conservative organization, said that the court’s decision was a victory for everyone.
“This decision has broken our hearts.
Our conservative movement has been working tirelessly for years to repeal Obamacare and has now won,” the statement said.