In an interview with CNN, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) scorched the House Leadership’s proposed Obamacare replacement bill for perpetuating the status quo.
Citing a comment from Speaker Paul Ryan, Wolf Blister prefaced his question to Senator Lee by saying conservatives will get roughly 85 percent of what they want from the American Health Care Act. Lee respectfully but strongly disagreed with Speaker Ryan’s assertion that this bill provides 85 percent of what conservatives want in healthcare reform.
“When you put a list of what conservatives want and everything that’s in this bill, you don’t get to anywhere close to 85 percent,” said Lee.
Lee added, “This healthcare bill does far too little at all to bring premiums down.”
— CNN (@CNN) March 21, 2017
— Mike Lee (@SenMikeLee) March 21, 2017
He later said on Fox News the House should cancel the vote citing lack of votes needed to pass it.
Mounting opposition against The American Health Care Act is palpable. Over 25 members of the House Freedom Caucus have pledged to oppose the bill — citing its failure to undo the damage wrought by Obamacare. They are confident this alternative bill won’t do anything to lower healthcare premiums, for example. (22 House votes are needed to stop the bill.) With respect to the U.S. Senate, joining Senator Lee in his opposition to the healthcare bill are Senators Rand Paul, Tom Cotton, Ted Cruz and four other rumored ones.
President Trump held a meeting earlier this week and suggested there will be a price to pay if Republicans don’t tow in line to support The American Health Care Act.
“I’m gonna come after you, but I know I won’t have to, because I know you’ll vote ‘yes,’ ” Trump said. “Honestly, a loss is not acceptable, folks.”
Trump pledged to repeal and replace Obamacare. The bill in its current form clearly fails to do so. The lawmakers pledging opposition to the bill should be applauded for keeping their campaign promises. Let’s hope a real, market-oriented healthcare bill — or market-based amendments– could be considered and passed. It’s imperative to get serious with healthcare reform.