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Florida Member of Congress ANNOUNCES ‘No Vote’ On AHA!

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The new healthcare bill known as the American Healthcare Act that the GOP released last week has received massive blow back from both the Republican and the Democratic Parties. Democrats have accused it of being too conservative and Republicans have accused it of being Obamacare 2.0.  Now the first Republican member of Congress to vote “no” on the bill has finally announced her decision.

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Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida proclaimed via social media she would be voting against the new healthcare bill. She is the first GOP member to announce she will not support it. Her reasoning stems from her belief that the bill in its current form leaves too many of her constituents in Florida uninsured. Specifically, that it would adversely affect the poor and elderly the most.

She said,

After studying the impact of this proposed legislation on my district and speaking with many of my constituents, I have decided to vote no on the bill as currently written. The bill’s consequences for South Florida are clear: too many of my constituents will lose insurance and there will be less funds to help the poor and elderly with their health care.”

People such as Senator Rand Paul have denounced the bill for not being the full repeal and replace that the Republican Party promised to their constituents. He and several other members of the Republican Party have put healthcare bills before the House of Representatives as alternatives. Speaker Paul Ryan and the President have both said they are confident the bill will pass through the House and the Senate. White House spokeswoman Kellyanne Conway even said she believed it would pass.

While token Democrats and Republicans have argued this is not the case. A civil war is brewing and it seems it is the Republican Party that appears to have the most to lose. The healthcare repeal and replace has been a stalwart part of their campaigns in the past. If they fail to follow through they might not be in the job come next election.

 

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Baron was just a shy kid with a dream, growing up in the 40's with a knack for story-telling. After a brief career in film, Von Kowenhoven went to Europe in search of fringe-scientific discoveries and returned in the 90's to unleash them on the entertainment and political landscape of America.

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