— President Trump (@POTUS) February 27, 2017
House Conservatives confirm they will not entertain an Obamacare replacement bill that still leaves vital areas of President Obama’s legacy relatively untouched. This after a draft of the bill was leaked amongst congressional members.
A report by ‘The Hill’ quotes Rep. Mark Walker (R-North Carolina) head of the 172 member Republican Study Committee saying:
“There are serious problems with what appears to be our current path to repeal and replace Obamacare. The draft legislation, which was leaked last week, risks continuing major Obamacare entitlement expansions and delays any reforms,”
Walker continues to completely dispose of any chance of the bill being passed by calling it “a new health insurance entitlement with a Republican stamp on it.”
Walker’s main gripe with the draft offer to the Republican dominated Congress is that the bill purports to replace Obamacare with an entitlement system involving refundable tax credits, quite like a watered down system which European countries like the UK operate.
However, the entitlement program will discriminate based on age and not income when helping people to buy health insurance. Although the replacement is clearly Conservative in origin and a giant roll-back from Obamacare’s income based insurance system, it’s still too toxic for House Republican’s to stomach.
Republican’s need to urgently tackle the sky-rocketing insurance premiums that have begun to blight the Obama legislation – making it unaffordable and punishing for those who have no alternative – whilst also ensuring that the legislation is less of a subsidy and more of a ‘starter-package’ for American citizens.
Walker goes on to point out that a new Republican president should not be signing as his first piece of legislation a “new tax increase”, I’m sure Trump would agree.
“If Republicans can’t come to a consensus, then they’ll have to go home and explain why they couldn’t get done what they said they wanted to do for the last six years.”
Freedom Caucus members have endorsed Senator Rand Paul’s (R-Kentucky) replacement bill for the tax credit legislation which would instead feature a tax deduction for citizens entitled to the Obamacare replacement.
Ultimately, House conservatives will not vote for any bill weaker than the Obama-vetoed 2015 Obamacare Repeal Bill and certainly if the leaked legislation comes to fruition in Congress, there will be fierce opposition from Republicans against any tax credit based welfare scheme.
The basic ideology of conservatism should favour cutting tax broadly as opposed to bolting on benefits and handout schemes.
Twitter meanwhile, despite not being able to shout and scream anymore about Republican’s conspiring to not replace Obamacare, users continue to depose any solution and as usual add a fair amount of Republican-bashing in the process.
Another conservative shoe drops. Rep. Mark Walker, head of RSC, threatens to vote AGAINST draft GOP Obamacare repeal bill
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) February 27, 2017
@kylegriffin1 Even if he oppises it because it’s not draconian enough, a nay is a nay. I’ll take any nay at this point.
— FTJ (@fairytalejedi) February 27, 2017
— Alexis Levinson (@alexis_levinson) February 27, 2017
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