President Trump continues to rally support for the GOP’s replacement plan for Obama Care. On Friday he encouraged Democrats to work with Republicans in creating a replacement for the Affordable Care Act. During Trump’s weekly address to the nation he urged for support.
“I encourage Democrats to work with us to improve the healthcare system for the American people,” Trump said.
Getting support of the recent repeal has been hard to come by. Not all the of the Republican Party believes the repeal is going to do much good. Critics are calling the American Health Care Act “Ryancare” or “Obamacare Lite.” Saying the bill doesn’t go deep enough to truly make a change; they accuse House Republicans of trying to appease Democrats.
One critic in the Republican party is Sen. Rand Paul. He has continued to battle big government control of healthcare. He doesn’t have faith that the bill will pass.
“The House leadership plan is Obamacare Lite. It will not pass. Conservatives are not going to take it,” Paul tweeted.
Rand Paul wants to reintroduce an Obamacare repeal bill that passed both houses of Congress back in 2015. Paul’s Obamacare Repeal Act (S. 554) would repeal major issues of Obamacare, which would include compelling individuals to buy health insurance and forcing employers of a certain size business to provide healthcare for its employees.
The Obamacare Repeal Act (S.554) would also cut Obamacare taxes such as premium tax credits and cost-sharing subsidies. It would get rid of the medical device tax and the Cadillac tax on generous health plans. Currently, the Republican bill that is trying to be passed still includes these tax credits.
Paul is joined by 30 members of the GOP who are at odds with party leadership. Fellow Senate Conservatives, which include Mike Lee (R- UT) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) have said they won’t stand for anything less than the 2015 repeal bill.
Not all Republicans hold fast to the 2015 repeal bill, they support the repeal Trump is heading. They say an incremental approach is the most proactive method.
“If you want to see Obamacare replaced, this is the best opportunity to do it,” Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif, told Fox and Friends.
“If you want to see a replacement that lowers the premiums and actually gives a greater quality of care, this is the only option we have going forward.”
Trump said the bill, is a stepping stone to create a healthcare system for all.
“House Republicans have put forward a plan that gets rid of this terrible law and replaces it with reforms that empower states and consumers,” Trump said.
“You will have the choice and the freedom to make the decisions that are right for your family. The House plan follows the guidelines I laid out in my recent address to Congress: expanding choice, lowering costs and providing health care access for all.”
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