While President Trump has made a number of decisions that have stirred up “controversy” in the media, none of them have really stuck — not with conservative Republicans anyway — until the unveiling of the replacement bill for Obamacare.There’s been a ton of criticism for the bill by many folks who feel the legislation doesn’t really repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, but sort of just puts patches on it by removing some of the less desirable portions.
Here’s a little taste of what some Republicans have to say on what’s being dubbed “Obamacare 2.0:”
via The Atlantic:
That challenge ran into an immediate threat from key conservatives who criticized the new proposal for failing to fulfill the party’s iron-clad promise to rip out the signature policy of former President Barack Obama. “It’s Obamacare in a different format,” Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio, a member of the hardline House Freedom Caucus, said in a phone interview.Earlier on Monday, another member of the Freedom Caucus, Representative Justin Amash of Michigan, condemned the leadership bill in a two-word tweet: “Obamacare 2.0.” A spokeswoman for its chairman, Representative Mark Meadows of North Carolina, said members were still reviewing the legislation on Monday evening, and Jordan said the group planned to meet on Tuesday to discuss it.
And on Tuesday morning, two more staunchly conservative activist organizations, Heritage Action and the Club for Growth, came out against the proposal The Club for Growth pejoratively dubbed the new bill “RyanCare” and added a new threat, vowing to downgrade any Republican who votes for the bill in the group’s closely-watched annual congressional scorecard.
The harsh words and feelings many in the GOP have toward “Trumpcare” is what makes Speaker Paul Ryan’s latest announcement about an upcoming vote for the bill so shocking.According to Politico, House Republicans will vote Thursday on Speaker Paul Ryan’s Obamacare replacement bill, two senior GOP sources told POLITICO.
The move shows that GOP leaders are confident they have the 216 votes needed to pass the bill, even as as the far-right and centrist Republicans continue to press for changes.Apparently Trump and House leaders have been doing everything they can to get the GOP in Congress on board with the bill, and like it’s stated above, they obviously must feel they have the votes needed to get the replacement passed.
One has to wonder if any big changes have been made to the legislation to make it more appealing to critics whose votes are needed to get the bill moved through the House.
The one thing we can all say for sure is that Obamacare is a complete failure and most definitely needs to be chucked in the dumpster.
Trumpcare certainly needs some work, and hopefully the GOP is able to fix what needs repaired and changed and truly do something to end the misery the Affordable Care Act has left in its wake.
[Note: This article was written by Michael Cantrell]