Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Ron Johnson (R-WI), and Mike Lee (R-UT) have come out in opposition to the Republican Senate healthcare bill.
The text for the “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017” was revealed Thursday, more than a month after the House passed the American Health Care Act.
These four Republican senators make it clear that they’re “not ready to vote for this bill” in their joint statement:
“Currently, for a variety of reasons, we are not ready to vote for this bill, but we are open to negotiation and obtaining more information before it is brought to the floor,”
Ron Johnson argues that in its current form, the bill doesn’t go far enough to repeal Obamacare:
“I would certainly say [the bill is] trying to address and fix some of the mess, just some of the mess, created by Obamacare. But that’s my concern, I’m not sure it’s fixing enough.”
What ever happened to the popular, “repeal and replace Obamacare”? Republicans ran and won consistently on that platform, it now seems it was just a sound-bite for votes.
I will oppose the #healthcarebill coming to the floor in its current form, but I remain open to negotiations.
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) June 22, 2017
Rand Paul has also described the bill as “Obamacare-lite”. I previously described the American Health Care Act as RyanCare, same meaning though.
The fact that the Republicans have lost four votes is troublesome for the bill, as the GOP can only afford to lose two.
In other words, these are not just senators voicing their frustration. These are four powerful players for the Republicans, and without their support, this bill simply won’t pass.
The President Stands Behind the Legislation
President Trump, looking to score his first giant legislative victory, backs the legislation.
I am very supportive of the Senate #HealthcareBill. Look forward to making it really special! Remember, ObamaCare is dead.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2017
I very much understand the president when he says that Obamacare is a “disaster” and “totally dead.” Nobody’s disagreeing with that.
But this is a rushed bill that doesn’t address some of the main problems with Obamacare.
To nobody’s surprise, Weasel Ryan (who originally helped pass the bill through the House) wants the senate to do the same.
“I think the bottom line is: I want them to pass the bill, so we can all get on with keeping our promise.”
And of course, leftists reactions are nothing less than you’d expect:
“[This bill] will literally cost American lives.” -Sen. Richard Blumenthal
“The bill Republicans announced today is even worse than expected and by far the most harmful piece of legislation I’ve seen in my lifetime.” -Sen. Bernie Sanders
“[McConnell is] cutting support for kids with disabilities.” -Sen. Kamala Harris
“So sad, Mr. President. Heartless. Mean and heartless.” -House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi
You be the Judge:
According to Breitbart, the senate healthcare bill proposes to:
- Repeal Obamacare’s individual and employer mandate and repeal most of it’s taxes except for the “Cadillac tax” on premium health care plans.
- Keep Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion until 2020. In 2021, Medicaid expansion would phase out the expansion over three years, ending in 2024. The plan would limit Medicaid spending with per capita caps, or states can decide to adopt block grants for Medicaid spending. Medicaid would grow at a slower rate starting in 2025.
- Allow states to adopt waivers for many of Obamacare’s health insurance regulations, similar to the House’s state waiver program.
- Retain Obamacare’s cost-sharing program through 2019, after which health insurers can no longer receive the subsidies.
- Allow states to impose work requirements for able-bodied adults without children, or Americans with disabilities.
- Exempt children with complex medical needs from the per capita caps on Medicaid spending.
- Provide $15 billion for a “State Stabilization Fund” to help lower the price of premiums and increase health coverage for 2018 and 2019. The fund would also provide $10 billion a year in 2020 and 2021.
- Prevent Americans from using subsidies to purchase health plans that cover abortions and will eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood.
Come to your own conclusions on this one, but if you ask me, this reform has been terrible from it’s conception.
While it’s sad to see the establishment use Trump, it’s also inspiring to see four patriots who value liberty standing up against this terrible bill.
It still doesn’t repeal and replace Obamacare, and that enough is concerning.