“These are the times that try men’s souls … but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man.”
The vote in the House Budget Committee on the American Healthcare Act might not reach the status of Thomas Paine’s Crisis, but I am sure at this point that three patriots — Dave Brat, Mark Sanford, and Gary Palmer — feel like it is.
With ads being run in their districts Republican funded groups advocating support of a bill that does far less than what Republicans have promised, they held the line.
This bill doesn’t repeal Obamacare and breaks fundamental Republican promises. It does not substantially lower insurance premiums, which is the real barrier to healthcare. Lots of us have complained that Obamacare increased premiums by as much as 70%. This bill eventually reduces premiums by 10%. So Republicans are content to tell the American people our proposal will only require you to pay 60% more than before Obamacare? That’s not a reduction and is unacceptable.
This bill replaces one entitlement with another amd expands Medicaid with no real intentions to end the expansion. It expands the welfare state for no justifiable reason. That’s not what the American people voted for or what was promised.
Those who vote against the current proposal should be applauded. They have not faced the Thomas Paine Crisis, but they have refused to lie to the American people by saying the AHCA actually answers the healthcare crisis.