House Freedom Caucus still believes it can stop leadership's health care bill

Adjust Comment Print

Across the country, the American Health Care Act, aka TrumpCare, has faced criticism for the way it will strip 24 million people of health insurance, fleece the elderly with inflated premiums, and give tax breaks to-you guessed it-millionaires. "To my Republican colleagues who have doubts today, I encourage you: don't cut off discussions".

Many Republicans have said they see the bill as an uncomfortable hodge-podge of ideas that doesn't go far enough in repealing Obamacare, or in covering lower-income Americans.

In an attempt to steer the controversial bill through the House, Republican leadership has noted the progress the bill has made in committees.

The speaker can afford just 21 defections from his ranks and still pass the bill by the slimmest of margins, so Ryan convened a meeting Thursday with three representatives each from the ideological caucuses, including the Freedom Caucus, the more traditionally conservative Republican Study Group and the moderates in the Tuesday Group.

Now, however, Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., is dealing with a different rebellious flank within the House Republican Conference as he pushes a massive health-care bill toward the floor next week.

The House Republican leadership's bill to overhaul the United States healthcare system may have hit a serious roadblock Wednesday evening.

Crude Oil Drops Near $48
Is It the Beginning of a Bear Market for Crude Oil? However, if OPEC doesn't extend its deal, it could pressure crude oil prices. US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures slipped 48 cents, or 0.98 per cent, to US$48.30 a barrel.

The House Freedom Caucus still opposes the GOP replacement bill in its current form. Larger in number but softer in tone than their conservative counterparts, moderate Republicans are shaping up to be at least as big a hurdle to achieving the long-held goal of repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act and replacing it with a more market-oriented series of policies.

A good number of moderate Republicans in the House don't want to vote for this (for the very same reason Democrats want a recorded vote) - but frankly, aside from the Freedom Caucus, they would have a hard time passing something that takes away Medicaid benefits or hurts people in their own state (in other words, they can not really support any GOP bill). Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, this week said that the measure does not have the votes to pass the Senate.

"The problem is it's too much politics on the leaning", Brat said. "He is making it easier and better for us to pass health care". "So now that we have the score, we can incorporate feedback to improve this bill, to refine this bill, and those kinds of conversations are occurring between the White House, the House, and the Senate and our members". A few Democrats crossed party lines to vote in favor of a motion offered by California Rep. Tom McClintock that would restructure tax credits for low-income individuals. "It needs to change the bill".

During his press conference, Ryan reiterated that President Donald Trump supports his effort to repeal parts of Obamacare. "There's no natural constituency for this bill, which is one of the most frustrating things about this bill".

Michigan Rep. Justin Amash said he's prepared to stand by his position on the legislation if changes aren't made, even if he faces vast pressure from the president.

Comments