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The Freedom Caucus endorses new Obamacare replacement bill

April 26, 2017

  After successfully shutting down the last attempt by the establishment Republicans to pass an Obamacare replacement bill the Freedom Caucus has been in negotiations with Rep. Tom MacArthur (a centrist Republican) and they have come to an agreement. Today the Freedom Caucus has endorsed the new replacement bill after holding out long enough to get an amendment added to the bill they were fighting for in the first go round. 

  Here is more:

The House Freedom Caucus on Wednesday announced it will back the GOP’s healthcare plan now that an amendment allowing states to opt out of key ObamaCare rules is included.

The group said it sees the new amendment, brokered by Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and centrist Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.), as the best option short of fully repealing the 2010 law.

“While the revised version still does not fully repeal Obamacare, we are prepared to support it to keep our promise to the American people to lower healthcare costs,” the Freedom Caucus said in a statement.

“We look forward to working with our Senate colleagues to improve the bill. Our work will continue until we fully repeal Obamacare.”

The MacArthur-Meadows amendment lets states apply for waivers from ObamaCare provisions that ban insurers from charging sick people higher premiums and mandate minimum insurance coverage requirements, as long as the state offers high-risk pools as an alternative.

  First, did you notice the way the Republicans are changing their language? They are now claiming they promised to lower healthcare costs but what they really promised was a full repeal of the legislation. This falls short of their promise so they are softening their stance while trying to claim they are still making good on their promise. 

  It is unclear at this point whether or not this amendment will drive away establishment Republicans who supported the first attempt at passing this legislation, they might still be short of the needed 216 votes but apparently the are getting closer.

   Even if they do get the votes and this bill passes the House it seems unlikely to pass the Senate, where Democrats have vowed to oppose any measure to replace Obamacare. Unless Mitch McConnell goes nuclear that is and that is something he has vowed not to do on legislation and something I do not expect him to do. Again this will be another show vote with no results designed to make it look as if the Republicans at least tried.

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16 Comments leave one →
  1. Brittius permalink
    April 26, 2017 7:07 pm

    Reblogged this on Brittius.

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  2. April 26, 2017 8:19 pm

    Yup, they are going to go through with building on a bad foundation.

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    • April 27, 2017 5:23 am

      At this point it is probably too late to scrap it and start from scratch.


      • April 27, 2017 7:47 pm

        I agree, Medicare and Medicaid rules and regs of all kinds to the tune of thousands of pages have to be unraveled. It is beyond one’s imagination what would happen if overnight it was overturned.People simply would not have insurance. Hospital and Doctors reimbursements would be in total limbo. But it can ultimately be done in stages. It was designed with this IED implanted.

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      • April 27, 2017 8:21 pm

        Yes, I think at this point it has to be done a little at a time. Full repeal was a great political issue which worked but it was never realistic but unfortunately many people bought into the notion it could be done all at once.

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  3. petermac3 permalink
    April 26, 2017 9:46 pm

    This is so much horse manure. With the very good chance that the Demorats take back both houses in 2018 or 2020 the un-repealed Obamacare becoa permanent entitlement which not unlike the blob devoures everything healthcare that’s in its path.

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    • April 26, 2017 9:55 pm

      Which would be a major concern because Mr. Trump can still pull shenanigans to ensure that the ACA is in a death spiral becomes a self-fulfilled prophecy.I would not put it past him to do such a thing if he hasn’t already started.

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    • April 27, 2017 5:27 am

      I think it is here to stay and I don’t think most of the people in Congress are upset about it.


  4. April 26, 2017 10:21 pm

    The bill that Obama vetoed in 2016 was H.R. 3762. This bill was not a repeal of the ACA bil. It was a budget reconciliation bill that defunded the ACA.

    The Republicans can not pass a repeal bill. They have failed to explain to the public what they can and cannot do.

    Now that shtf if they fail to adopt a budget CR. The budget CR requires them to address the ACA first.

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  5. April 27, 2017 7:34 am

    The Democrats on the other hand could sell ice to Eskimos with no problem

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  6. April 27, 2017 9:48 pm

    According to Forbes “63% Of Americans Don’t Have Enough Savings To Cover A $500 Emergency” This is a major problem.

    Many of these same people lack basic life skills. Even with the internet basic unbiased info is sometimes hard to obtain. I have never seen a good explanation of health care. There is also a total lack of understanding of ACA and options available. Too many people are crying wolf about some doomsday health scenario that plays on the fears of the uneducated.

    Most of the health care industry problems we have is the result of government actions and inactions.

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