The end of Trumpcare wasn’t just due to democratic pushback, but also republican. The factions of the right made their first show against Trump.
You may have heard two weeks ago that the House of Representatives decided to pull the American Healthcare Act Republican proposal after they felt that their was insufficient support for the bill. While many think this is the result of strong push back from the Democrats which there was much of, in actuality the real players were members of the Tea-party and libertarian wings of the Republican party, who were dissatisfied with the GOP bill.
Many in the House Freedom Caucus and Liberty Caucus opposed the bill on grounds that it was either too quickly being implemented or that in lacked a more free-market based approach to healthcare. This internal conflict in the GOP shows a very important trend, which is that over the course of the Trump presidency, the real opposition to Trump will come from within his own party rather than the Democratic and left-wing forces.
There are many Republicans both in the House such as Justin Amash and Thomas Massie as well as in the Senate with people like Rand Paul who have fundamental ideological differences with the mainstream factions of the party. These more conservative and libertarian factions primarily are concerned with upholding free market values in a party that is rapidly shifting away from these principles. They argue that healthcare reform should be more about getting the government out of healthcare, rather than giving tax breaks.
They also disagree on key issues outside of economic issues, opposing mass government surveillance and supporting a non-interventionist foreign policy. Their success in defeating the Ryan and Republican majority backed healthcare bill is arguably their first serious challenge to the president and his main party supporters. The main question now will be whether factions like these who oppose the president and the standard factions of the Republican party will see an increase in their numbers in their future, or will give way being overtaken by dissatisfied Republican voters. Only time will tell.