To replace Obamacare, GOP tries a meaner version of Obamacare

Healthcare Troubles

"We have almost $200 billion in insurance [industry] bailouts".

"Who it leaves out are the forgotten man and the forgotten woman".

On Friday, Brady, the House Ways and Means Committee chairman, joined the chorus of conservatives who object to maintaining a 3.2 percent tax on investment income for high earners as a way of providing more money to low-income Americans in the health bill. On broad grounds, it's a test of whether the party's commitment to a conservative approach to taxes can withstand a collision with political reality - as well as with a conservative economic populism that found new footing with the candidacy of President Trump.

Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon-a democrat-told us that like many senators, he plans to hold health care town halls during the 4th of July holiday recess. Ted Cruz (R, Texas) had sticker shock at how much the bill maintained the basic structure of the Affordable Care Act.

The split between the Affordable Care Act and Obamacare gave Republican leaders a large opportunity: They were in a ideal position to define Obamacare however they liked, and most Republicans (except for a handful of true ideologues and a perhaps larger handful of contrarians) would go along. Options that would inevitably unleash free market forces, that would in turn bring down the price of health care. "Let's do this full time - 18 hours a day, six days a week - let's cancel the August state work period, let's do it in full public view and have hearings and get to work on something that words better than ObamaCare, we pledged that and American people deserve that", he said.

Sen. Mike Lee, on "Face the Nation".

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The idea also would leave unresolved the quandary lawmakers are struggling with now, about how to replace Obama's system of online insurance markets, tax subsidies and an expanded Medicaid with something that could get enough Republican votes to pass Congress. House Republicans barely passed their version of a replacement bill in May, and the task is proving even tougher in the Senate, where McConnell has nearly no margin for error.

"This is consistent with what basically what every Republican who has campaigned for federal office over the last seven years has promised to do".

It could be that President Trump paid attention as soon afterwards he sent out a tweet today that stated "If Republican Senators are unable to pass what they are working on now, they should immediately REPEAL, and then REPLACE at a later date".

"That doesn't achieve what President Trump set out to do", he said. The president ran on repeal and replace. "It will be repealed and replaced". Even as he sought to discuss flooding issues, an attendee interrupted to mention Medicaid, prompting others to chant, "Health care!"

Thanks to President Obama and the Affordable Care Act, all that changed for the better. "Not a bad combination".

Even before Trump was inaugurated in January, Republicans had debated and ultimately discarded the idea of repealing the overhaul before replacing it, concluding that both must happen simultaneously. There may not be enough Medicaid and premium relief to satisfy moderate Republicans.

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