March 7, 2017

REFORM, NOT REPEAL:

Conservatives pan House Obamacare repeal bill (RACHAEL BADE 03/06/17, Politico)

A handful of House conservatives on Monday evening criticized GOP leaderships' newly released Obamacare replacement bill, foreshadowing trouble for the repeal effort even after leaders tried to assuage the far-right.

Some House Freedom Caucus members dismissed the bill as creating a new "entitlement program" by offering health care tax credits to low-income Americans. A Republican Study Committee memo sent to chiefs of staff, obtained by POLITICO, echoed those comments and blasted the bill's continuation of the Medicaid expansion for three years.

"This is Obamacare by a different form," former Freedom Caucus chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) told POLITICO. "They're still keeping the taxes in place and Medicaid expansion, and they're starting a new entitlement."

It even keeps the Heritage mandate, as any reform bill has to.

Posted by at March 7, 2017 5:06 AM

  

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