The Health Care Battle Rages On.
Obamacare is in a death spiral on its way to insolvency and it seems like the Republicans wish to take charge and go down with it.
After promising to repeal Obamacare to secure a majority in the House, then a majority in the Senate, and then to put a Republican president in the Oval Office, the Republicans still can’t quite get it together to actually repeal Obamacare.
Their answer is the Ryan Plan that doesn’t repeal Obamacare and retains its structure and most of its regulations. They promise that if they can just pass the Ryan Plan, they will fix Health Care later in stage 2 and 3. Sound familiar?
The Republicans of the establishment stripe have cold feet and weak knees. So the Ryan Plan lives on and might even pass.
It began as Obamacare lite tinkering around the edges of Obamacare and was declared non-negotiable. That didn’t work so leadership says they will allow some modifications but none of the modifications discussed thus far resemble repeal.
If the Ryan Plan should pass the House it will be modified by the senate and although they try to call it repeal, make it look like repeal, it is nothing like repeal and only a few conservatives are talking about really repealing Obamacare and letting the free market work.
I guess they didn’t mean it when the promised to repeal Obamacare if only we would give them the House, then the Senate, and then the White House.
Failure to repeal this time will most likely mean the end of the Trump agenda and eventually the loss of the House, the Senate, and the White House. They just didn’t listen and they just won’t learn.
Jon Smith, Admin
War on Obamacare Repeal
Conservatives Prepare For War On GOP Health Care Bill
What happens when neither side will give in?
From The Huffington Post: By Matt Fuller, 03/17/2017
WASHINGTON ― After a small group of reluctant conservatives on Friday expressed newfound support for House Republicans’ Affordable Care Act replacement, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) announced that the GOP would move ahead with voting on the legislation next week, even though a significant chunk of hard-line conservatives swear they won’t budge.
About a dozen members from the Republican Study Committee ― all of whom President Donald Trump dubiously reported were “either a no or a maybe” ― came out in support of the GOP’s American Health Care Act on Friday. All it took for those members was a little face time with the president and some cosmetic tweaks to the legislation, which Trump backed.
Those changes would give states the option of imposing work requirements on Medicaid recipients, as well as of receiving a Medicaid block grant rather than the per-person sum they get now. But conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus ― a smaller, but more dedicated conservative group in the House ― do not appear wowed by the changes.
“Wait, we are still opposing?” Freedom Caucus member Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) facetiously asked The Huffington Post on Friday. “I thought we had caved as soon as they met zero of our demands.”
Labrador’s tough talk appears directed at leadership, who seemed to present RSC members caving as a major development in the whip effort. But Freedom Caucus members have been saying all along that they didn’t expect those members to stand strong.
“The scene at the White House was political theater,” Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) told HuffPost. “Vote counts haven’t changed.”
Trump had promised repeal, Amash added. “This bill not only breaks that commitment but also avoids meaningful reforms to improve health care for all Americans,” he said.
The Freedom Caucus Twitter account suggested Friday that at least 80 percent of members ― meaning at least 30 Republicans ― were still opposed to the legislation. It’s clear party leaders don’t have enough support yet: They can only lose about 21 Republicans on the vote, and some moderates also have vowed to vote against the bill.
“Everybody wants to get a deal, but no one knows how to make it,” Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) told HuffPost. He thought about that statement, then slightly revised it. “No one on Capitol Hill knows how to make it,” he said.
Meadows has seemingly all but given up on negotiating with GOP congressional leaders, going directly to the Trump administration to work out a number of outstanding issues. The Freedom Caucus had previously focused on a slate of demands that included changes to the Medicaid expansion, but now they’re faced with the reality that a faster phasing-out of the expansion would scare away moderate votes. So conservatives have shifted to asking for major concessions on elements of coverage in the legislation, which they say would result in lower premiums.
Those changes appear to be nonstarters with moderates and leadership.
“Leadership has said they can’t make changes because of [the Congressional Budget Office],” Meadows said. “It seems clear they never were negotiating in good faith and anything that they change is meaningless. They’ve convinced the administration it’s this bill all the way.”