Four Republicans are opposing Obamacare repeal bill because of one glaring omission

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When Barack Obama was in office, it seemed like attempting to pass a bill fully, or partially, repealing Obamacare was the only thing Congressional Republicans knew how to do. Of course, all attempts were pointless, as Obama would simply veto any repeal attempts in the end.

With Donald Trump elected, we were promised that Republican lawmakers would have an Obamacare repeal bill on Trump’s desk for him to sign on Day One.

Clearly, that hasn’t happened.

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After a cancelled vote on the first “American Healthcare Act,” they finally held another vote in May, and the bill passed the House — before being debated in the Senate, and scored by the CBO. A draft of the Senate’s version of the bill is now out — and there’s one huge problem. It doesn’t repeal Obamacare.

As Breitbart noted:

Soon after the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the draft of the Senate’s healthcare bill on Thursday, Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) blasted the bill for not fully repealing Obamacare.

Johnson told NBC News that he “would not call this Obamacare repeal,” adding that “it’s definitely not repealing Obamacare.”

“I’m just saying, I think I have a difficult time thinking, again, I’m an accountant, I’m a business guy, I know it takes time to develop this information in such a complex system, I have a hard time believing I’ll have the information prior to when leadership may want to vote on it,” Johnson reportedly said. “I would certainly say it’s 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.”

Paul, who has criticized the House’s bill, told MSNBC that “it looks like we’re keeping Obamacare” and “not repealing it.” He said he and other Senators would be releasing a more detailed statement on the matter later in afternoon.

Along with Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and Johnson, Ryan released the following statement from them criticizing the “repeal” bill:

That’s four Republicans publicly voicing opposition to the bill — and only two Republicans have to vote against it to take the bill down.

[Note: This post was written by Matt Palumbo. He is a co-author of the new book A Paradoxical Alliance: Islam and the Left, and can be found on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]

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