GOP Can’t Pass Up Opportunity to Repeal Obamacare
It’s been over three weeks since House leadership was forced to cancel a vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the GOP’s plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.
Led by the House Freedom Caucus, conservatives argued that the AHCA did not take the necessary steps to repeal the core architecture of Obamacare. The bill kept Obamacare’s Title 1 regulations – essential health benefits and community rating just to name a few – responsible for the nationwide increase in premiums on average of 44.5-68 percent.
Conservatives could not in good conscience support a bill that did not reduce premiums after campaigning for years to bring their constituents relief from rising health care costs. After the cancelled vote, conservatives worked with the White House to get the policy right but unfortunately moderates, largely the Tuesday Group, refused to compromise.
After the Tuesday Group took down a deal brokered by Vice President Mike Pence allowing states to opt-out of of Title 1 regulations, it’s exceedingly clear some moderate Republicans don’t actually want to repeal Obamacare.
In order for Congress to move forward with President Trump’s legislative agenda, the GOP must gain consensus on an Obamacare repeal and replace package that lowers premiums and puts decisions back in the hands of patients and doctors.
As Easter recess wraps up, insurance companies will soon submit their 2018 plans, and Congress faces an upcoming federal funding deadline. It’s not just conservatives who campaigned on repeal, it’s was the whole Republican party. Republicans can’t let the opportunity to repeal Obamacare continue to pass by after years of campaign promises, collapsing health care exchanges, and a unified government to make Obamacare repeal a reality. Republicans have no more excuses.