Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell may have been hoping to get their healthcare bill through Congress before anyone realized how terrible it was, but their efforts to keep the public—you know, the people who stand to lose their health coverage—from realizing what’s going on have made some congressional Republicans sad and angry. If you’re an extremist who wants to take people’s health care right away, the provisions that Ryan and company included in their bill in hopes of fooling voters into thinking they’ll still have coverage just won’t cut it:
“This is not the Obamacare repeal bill we’ve been waiting for,” said Senator Mike Lee, Republican of Utah, who was joined by a constellation of conservative groups, including the Club for Growth, Heritage Action for America and Charles G. and David H. Koch’s Americans for Prosperity. “It is a missed opportunity and a step in the wrong direction. We promised the American people we would drain the swamp and end business as usual in Washington. This bill does not do that.” [...]
Representative Jim Jordan, Republican of Ohio, said that he would introduce a “clean repeal” bill and that Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, would offer a companion bill.
Make no mistake: Ryan and McConnell are handing rich people a big tax cut while "insurance is not the end goal" and tens of millions will lose coverage under it, though after a bit of a delay. Some members of their party just want to strip the plan of delay and pretense and kick everyone off their insurance right now.