The House GOP released their plans for a replacement of the Affordable Care Act on Monday night. Ever since the mainstream media has been reporting on it, the Republicans and Democrats alike have been giving their opinions. Some Republicans have given push back, but overall it has gotten widespread support. White House advisor Kellyanne Conway told reporters she was “very confidant” the healthcare bill will pass through the House.
Conway told Bill Hemmer of Fox News the following today,
“President Trump is very confident about the passage of the American Health Care Act for many reasons. Just yesterday, here in the White House, he and the vice president invited in 35 or so whips from the House to discuss this very issue.”
Her comments come in light of Republican opposition to the healthcare bill. Most notably from Sen. Rand Paul of Wisconsin who has denounced the bill. Paul appeared on Hemmer’s show yesterday and said the exact opposite of Conway, insisting the bill would not pass through the House. He said,
“This is Obamacare lite. It will not pass. Conservatives aren’t gonna take it. Premiums and prices will continue to spiral out of control.”
In a Fox News op-ed Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina said the healthcare bill takes ACA subsidies and renames them refundable tax credits. Freedom Caucus member Rep. Dave Brat told Politico he would vote against the bill because it maintains federal overreach with its entitlement programs.
Heritage Action for America doesn’t like the bill either arguing the new bill fails to move past the progressiveness of the ACA. CEO Michael A. Needham of Heritage Action said,
“In many ways, the House Republican proposal released last night not only accepts the flawed progressive premises of Obamacare but expands upon them. Ronald Reagan once said, “Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.” The AHCA does all three.”
— Heritage Action (@Heritage_Action) March 7, 2017
However, Conway is one of Trump’s inner circle members. Her statements certainly have weight as the President has inside sources who he works with in the House of Representatives. Considering how the bill maintains parts of the ACA, it has drawn somewhat bipartisan support. If it were to not pass that would be entirely more surprising than if it did.
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