Rand Paul, Other Conservatives Buck Leadership by Reviving 2015 Obamacare Repeal

Jon Howard
March 13, 2017

In the weeks ahead, the House will consider this plan through an open and transparent process, including legislation to allow people to purchase health care across state lines.

Paul said his bill, co-sponsored by Lee, would repeal Obamacare taxes such as premium tax credits and cost-sharing subsidies, the medical device tax, and the so-called Cadillac tax on generous health plans.

The GOP proposal to penalize uninsured people when they sign up after a coverage gap is different than the way penalties are applied under Obamacare, also known as the Affordable Care Act.

Nonetheless, proponents are pressing on.

"The Republican health plan would make America's economic chasm worse". Sufficient funding of our state's health care program is imperative to avoid damaging ripple effects throughout the entire health care system.

President Donald Trump indicated Friday he believed the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, was created to fail when former President Barack Obama left office.

The prospect of seeing millions of Americans become uninsured has generated a growing opposition.

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Like other Americans, Jones has seen statements from advocacy groups such as the AARP, the American Medical Association and other physician groups and several organizations representing hospitals opposing the legislation.

Elizabeth Ryan, president and CEO of the New Jersey Hospital Association, spoke of the potential negative impact of freezing the Medicaid expansion that was a godsend for hundreds of thousands of New Jersey residents under the Affordable Care Act. Analysts have said it would increase the deficit and cause millions to lose coverage, particularly if the ACA's Medicaid expansion is rolled back.

WASHINGTON - House Republican leaders Friday defended their effort to pass a sweeping overhaul of the Affordable Care Act, as they met President Trump at the White House amid mounting criticism from conservatives urging them to go further.

He has already begun to bring in those who have concerns, such the Club for Growth.

And it preserves the most broadly popular parts in the Obamacare law: the ban on insurance companies refusing coverage to anyone with a preexisting condition, the ban on lifetime benefit limits and the rule allowing parents to keep children on their plans up to age 26. Also, insurance executives who earn $500,000 or more will pay less taxes.

"Without a CBO score to reveal the catastrophic consequences of their Make America Sick Again bill, Republicans must not move forward with a committee vote".

"We'd be able to swallow, I think ... some things that they may think are a good idea which we think are too costly and geared to the rich, if that's the price to pay to do something else, depending on what else they're willing to do".

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