You Knew Democrats Would Hate the GOP HealthCare Plan; Republicans Aren’t Wild About it Either
The Freedom Caucus showed its teeth yesterday afternoon in a charge led by Rand Paul. They called it Obama Lite and said they aren’t going to sit and rollover just because it’s a Republican President.
“Lawmakers prepared Wednesday for a marathon day sifting through a Republican proposal to revise the Affordable Care Act, which has met with widespread resistance from conservatives in and out of Congress, moderates in the Senate and key industry stakeholders since House GOP leaders released it on Monday.”
“The most imminent and serious threat to the plan crafted by House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) was the growing backlash from conservative lawmakers and powerful outside groups who argue that the draft is nothing more than “Obamacare Lite,” a disparaging reference to the former president’s signature 2010 domestic achievement.”
“The lawmakers do not represent a majority of Republicans in either chamber of Congress, but there could be enough of them to scuttle any health-care bill they oppose — and several said Tuesday they intend to use that leverage to force major changes to the measures. Their efforts could begin Wednesday morning, when the House Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce panels begin taking up the legislation.”
The beauty of it is that if the conservatives did have their way this will make it less acceptable to Republican moderates in the Senate. There are four who say it must not reduce the number of insured. In truth any GOP bill will leave more people uninsured.
The kind of things that you’d have to do to please the Freedom Caucus would lead to more people being uninsured.
Basically the conservatives won’t support something that raises the deficit and the moderates won’t support something that reduces the number of insured, and right now TrumpCare does both of those things.
Trump is trying to push reluctant GOPers.
President Trump said at a meeting with House Republicans on Tuesday afternoon that he would work with them to secure passage of their plan.
“According to several attendees, Trump made clear that he wants the House bill to be approved and land on his desk largely intact. He pledged to become personally involved in persuading skeptical lawmakers and warned that failing to pass the legislation would result in trouble at the ballot box for Republicans who pledged to repeal and replace Obamacare.”
“The president said very clearly . . . this is the bill he wants on his desk, and he wants to get this done quickly,” said Rep. Patrick T. McHenry (R-N.C.), the House GOP chief deputy whip, who attended the meeting. “The president is paying attention to what people are saying and doing, where they’re saying it and doing it. He is highly aware and has a highly attuned ear to what is happening in the press and has a real understanding of the challenges in order to get this bill on his desk.”
As if to prove it, Trump targeted Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) — who has emerged as the bill’s chief skeptic — with a tweet Tuesday evening: “I feel sure that my friend @RandPaul will come along with the new and great health care program because he knows Obamacare is a disaster!”
However, some GOPers feel rushed:
“Following late-afternoon votes Tuesday, several Republican senators privately groused that they felt rushed by their GOP colleagues in the House and by Trump, who they said does not fully grasp the Senate’s slower pace or its concerns.”
“The senators also expressed skepticism that key White House officials with deep ties to Congress’s conservative wing would eventually be able to lock up the votes for the current plan. Instead, they said there is confusion over who is managing the process and which administration figures, if any, have power to sway Trump on the issue.”
“One Republican senator, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because negotiations are ongoing, said several senators are asking their leadership to “take it easy” in terms of the timeline, allowing space to debate and analyze the proposal with a “clear understanding of the costs involved.” “If that takes months or a year, so be it,” the senator said.
“The Senate is going to be another story. Obamacare itself had less divisions than the GOP bill-as Boehner says Republicans never agree on healthcare. And there were 10 months of deliberations on ACA.”
So Paul Ryan seems to be engaging in his usual happy talk in saying this happens by late April.
“Republicans in the House of Representatives are “moving a little bit too quickly” to pass the first wave of legislation intended to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, Sen. Tom Cotton said Wednesday morning.”
“But Cotton (R-Ark.) cautioned against moving too quickly with the healthcare legislation. A more deliberate process, he said, will help keep Republicans from making the types of mistakes he accused Democrats of making when they passed the Affordable Care Act in 2010.”
“I think we’re moving a little bit too quickly on health care reform. This is a big issue,” Cotton said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “We’re going to live with health care reform we pass forever or until it’s changed in the far-distant future. So I don’t think we need to introduce legislation on Monday and have one change to amend it on Wednesday.”
It probably would suit many of the GOP Senators if this gets done later rather than sooner as this could be a very serious wedge issue in 2020 when they don’t need it to be.
"GOP plan as it stands would certainly endanger some GOP incumbents in 2020."
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— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) March 8, 2017
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