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Freedom Caucus Says They Endorse New Obamacare Repeal-and-Replace Bill

Written by Philip Hodges

No, it doesn’t actually repeal Obamacare. But as is the wont of politicians, they’ll call it one thing, knowing full well it either does nothing, or it does the exact opposite of what the name suggests.

Even though it doesn’t repeal Obamacare, the Freedom Caucus has climbed aboard the American Health Care Act, now that it’s been amended slightly and apparently more to their liking. The amendment was proposed by Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ).

“While the revised version still does not fully repeal Obamacare, we are prepared to support it to keep our promise to the American people to lower healthcare costs,” the Freedom Caucus said in a statement. “We look forward to working with our Senate colleagues to improve the bill. Our work will continue until we fully repeal Obamacare.”

The Hill explained the amendment:

The MacArthur-Meadows amendment lets states apply for waivers from ObamaCare provisions that ban insurers from charging sick people higher premiums and mandate minimum insurance coverage requirements, as long as the state offers high-risk pools as an alternative.

Now that the 30-or-so-member caucus has endorsed it, the ball’s in the court of the more milquetoast Republicans.

Last time, the bill’s failure was blamed on the Freedom Caucus. The reality was that the bill was atrocious. No one should have supported it. It’s like the Democrats blaming Hillary’s loss on everything from the Russians to Bernie Sanders supporters, instead of on the candidate herself.

If the ‘moderate’ Republicans won’t support it now, let me guess, then the blame will be on the fact that it was a bad amendment. They’ll blame the bill.

The biggest problem with the GOP’s terrible healthcare ‘repeal and replace’ bill is that it’s too complicated. I know that it’s considerably shorter than the Affordable Care Act, but that’s not saying much. How many pages do you need to repeal a law?

It turns out, they could have repealed Obamacare with one sentence. Late last month, Fox News reported:

An Alabama congressman introduced a one-sentence bill in the House Friday to repeal ObamaCare.

Republican Rep. Mo Brooks introduced the bill as the Obamacare Repeal Act, AL.com reported.

“Effective as of Dec. 31, 2017, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is repealed, and the provisions of law amended or repealed by such Act are restored or revived as if such Act had not been enacted,” the bill states.

Brooks introduced the bill after he announced he would oppose the Republican health care measure which was later pulled from a House floor vote because it did not have enough support to pass.

“If the American people want to repeal Obamacare, this is their last, best chance during the 115th Congress,” Brooks said in a statement. Those Congressmen who are sincere about repealing Obamacare may prove it by signing the discharge petition. At a minimum, the discharge petition will, like the sun burning away the fog, show American voters who really wants to repeal Obamacare and who merely acts that way during election time.”

The bill was not voted on and considered a symbolic gesture.

A ‘symbolic gesture?’ No, this was not a symbolic gesture. It was all it needed to be. It repealed Obamacare.

Why is there this obsession in the GOP with replacing it with another bill? Government involvement needs to be rolled back, not added to the healthcare industry. Most problems associated with the healthcare industry can be traced to government sticking its nose where it doesn’t belong.

Repealing Obamacare would only be the beginning.

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by EagleRising.com


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