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New life for Obamacare repeal bill

It’s bad enough that the government has so much control over the healthcare industry – now Americans can’t get rid of it

(NationalSentinel) Healthcare: After some centrist Republican congressman agreed to support a revised piece of legislation that begins dismantling the horrid Affordable Care Act, the bill now has new life and a much better chance at passing the House.

As The Hill reported:

Reps. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Billy Long (R-Mo.) on Wednesday said they would support the GOP’s ObamaCare repeal-and-replace bill with the addition of an amendment, giving the effort new momentum as GOP leaders push toward a floor vote.

The two Republicans made the announcement at the White House after meeting with President Trump.

“I think it is likely now to pass the House,” Upton said.

But Upton added he’s “not on the whip team” and can’t definitively say there are enough votes for it to pass.

Both men had earlier said they could not support the repeal effort because it did not adequately support Americans with pre-existing health conditions. However, an amendment offered by Upton provides more funding – $8 billion more over five years – to help cover premiums for those with preexisting conditions.

Another pair of “centrist” Republicans – Reps. Charlie Dent, R-Pa., and Ryan Costello, R-Pa., – said Wednesday they are still opposed to the bill even after the changes.

All of this hullabaloo over healthcare legislation just proves one thing: That the federal government has far too much control over the industry in the first place. Government spends a lot of money on health care – via Medicare, Medicaid and the VA – so it’s understandable that Uncle Sam would want a seat at the negotiating table.

But honestly, outside of safety regulations (that states already impose), the government should be nothing more than a health care customer, the same as individual citizens. Healthcare – insurance, delivery systems, hospitals and clinics – are expensive and inefficient precisely because Washington has far too much power over the industry.

It’s bad enough that the government has so much control over the healthcare industry. It is an absolute disgrace in a nation founded on liberty and federalism that both parties believe there’s nothing wrong with that.

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