(NationalSentinel) Health care:The long-awaited legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare has finally been released by House Republicans, and already a group of RINOs in the Senate are pledging to oppose it if it leaves “millions” uninsured.
As reported by The Washington Post, the plan on its surface looks like everything all Republicans campaigned on last year when it came to finally dismantling one of the worst pieces of legislation in decades:
House Republicans on Monday released long-anticipated legislation to supplant the Affordable Care Act with a more conservative vision for the nation’s health-care system, replacing federal insurance subsidies with a new form of individual tax credits and grants to help states shape their own policies.
Under two bills drafted by separate House committees, the government would no longer penalize Americans for failing to have health insurance but would try to encourage people to maintain coverage by allowing insurers to impose a surcharge of 30 percent for those who have a gap between health plans.
The legislation would preserve two of the most popular features of the 2010 health-care law, letting young adults stay on their parents’ health plans until age 26 and forbidding insurers to deny coverage or charge more to people with preexisting medical problems. It would also target Planned Parenthood, rendering the women’s health organization ineligible for Medicaid reimbursements or federal family planning grants — a key priority for antiabortion groups.
Now, who in Republican ranks would be against this, considering all of the times House and Senate Republicans have sent repeal-and-replace legislation very similar to these proposals to Barack Obama’s desk, only to see them vetoed?
“We will not support a plan that does not include stability for Medicaid expansion populations or flexibility for states,” Sens. Rob Portman (Ohio), Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.), Cory Gardner (Colo.) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) wrote in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
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It’s early and there is no reason to panic – yet. Dismantling a major new entitlement like Obamacare once it has been in effect for even a few years is difficult, admittedly so. But several think tanks and others on Capitol Hill have been game-planning Obamacare repeal for years; surely the boys and girls in Congress can pick a plan enough GOP members can agree up to finally kill the legislation that is killing U.S. health care and making it unaffordable for tens of millions of Americans.
So, the question to these four Republican senators and others who may agree with them is this: If you’re concerned about the poorest Americans, that’s fine, but what are you willing to do to help middle-class Americans who are getting double-slammed by subsidizing lower-income Americans’ health while paying grossly higher out-of-pocket expenses for their own coverage?
Voters have given the GOP a mandate to reverse course on Obamacare. If they value their reelection, they’ll make good on their pledge.