On top of that, conservative Republicans who are members of the Freedom Caucus could not accept a plan that did not allow “states to opt out of key ObamaCare rules that ban insurers from charging sick people higher premiums and mandate minimum insurance coverage requirements, as long as the state offers high-risk pools as an alternative.”
But now, those roadblocks have been removed through a new amendment, and the Freedom Caucus has announced they will support the new GOP health care plan. You know what this means? Bye-bye Obamacare!
From The Hill:
The House Freedom Caucus on Wednesday announced it will back the GOP’s healthcare plan now that an amendment allowing states to opt out of key ObamaCare rules is included.
The group of roughly 30 hard-line conservatives held out for weeks, scuttling a planned House vote on the bill last month after it became clear there wasn’t enough Republican support to pass it.
The group said it sees the new amendment, brokered by Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and centrist Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.), as the best option short of fully repealing the 2010 law.
“While the revised version still does not fully repeal Obamacare, we are prepared to support it to keep our promise to the American people to lower healthcare costs,” the Freedom Caucus said in a statement.
“We look forward to working with our Senate colleagues to improve the bill. Our work will continue until we fully repeal Obamacare.”
The MacArthur-Meadows amendment lets states apply for waivers from ObamaCare provisions that ban insurers from charging sick people higher premiums and mandate minimum insurance coverage requirements, as long as the state offers high-risk pools as an alternative.
Some House Republicans, however, are still wavering with their support:
Moderate Republicans are facing a difficult decision on the bill now that the Freedom Caucus has backed it, bringing the legislation close to the 216 House votes needed for passage.
Members of the centrist Tuesday Group said Wednesday they were either still opposed or on the fence.
Since the Republican health care bill that Speaker Paul Ryan introduced the first time was seen as Obamacare Lite, the reception it received from conservatives in the House wasn’t surprising and one could say, it was even expected.
Any new health care bill will have to be free-market friendly in order to be acceptable to conservatives and not be condemned as another socialist government overreach. The Freedom Caucus lending their endorsement to the new bill is a good sign that we actually are moving closer to repealing Obamacare completely. The RINOs who are now wavering should just quit their jobs and help us drain the swamp as quickly as possible!
Source: The Hill