Key House Republicans say the current GOP healthcare bill falls short
Top Republican officials inside the House of Representatives are opposing the current GOP healthcare, refusing to support the bill in its current form.
Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., called the draft bill “a new health insurance entitlement with a Republican stamp on it.”
“There are serious problems with what appears to be our current path to repeal and replace Obamacare,” Walker, head of the conservative Republican Study Committee, said.
“The draft legislation, which was leaked last week, risks continuing major Obamacare entitlement expansions and delays any reforms. It kicks the can down the road in the hope that a future Congress will have the political will and fiscal discipline to reduce spending that this Congress apparently lacks. Worse still.”
Walker’s attack on the current House bill could lead to trouble as Republicans attempt to repeal and replace the ACA.
Red State Disaster recently reported that John Boehner made fun of Republican attempts to replace and repeal Obamacare. According to Boehner, Republicans are likely to make some ill-fated modifications to the ACA while keeping most of the program in place. If all goes as plan the party will claim credit for a “new” healthcare system that keeps much of the ACA in place.
In the meantime, Republican leaders have said they will not “pull the rug” out from under people who are covered by current law.
Republicans are between a rock and a hard place, attempting to reduce federal funding for the program while replacing it with something that can still cover at least 21 million Americans who are now receiving help from Obamacare.
A 105-page draft that was recently linked pointed to phasing out the current Medicaid expansion and would implement grants for states to provide Medicaid based on population, instead of income.
The Republican-led plan would also rid the program of health insurance based on income and replace it with tax cuts based on age. state-based
The GOP prosal would also aim to create state-based high-risk pools for people with pre-existing conditions or are expensive to insure, and extends Health Savings Accounts.