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Conservatives Just Made It More Difficult To Repeal Obamacare


Conservatives Just Made It More Difficult To Repeal Obamacare

A conservative wing of congressional Republicans known as the Freedom Caucus, took a vote Monday night to support a quick and aggressive repeal of the Affordable Care Act(ACA). This complicates the GOP’s efforts to come together around a plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.

“We made a commitment to the American people to repeal this law — we must keep that promise,” the caucus said in a statement Tuesday morning. “We remain open to and encourage a swift vote on a health care package that is market-based, consumer driven, and fair.”

Recent reports state that the Freedom Caucus is willing to do whatever it takes to get rid of the ACA, even if no replacement bill was ready.

The GOP passed the 2015 repeal bill in Congress, but was vetoed by President Barack Obama. The bill included repeals of the individual mandate, the Medicaid expansion, and the taxes to fund premium subsidies that aid people in paying for coverage.

Republicans had already been drafting a repeal bill that would allow them to repeal any part of Obamacare that involves the federal budget.

But the vote by the Freedom Caucus could complicate the timeline of a repeal-and-replace plan.

“Health care is very important to all Americans. We want to get it right and we’ve been taking our time to do that,” GOP Rep. Greg Walden, the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, told reporters. “You’re going to see us come forward with a replacement bill after we repeal that makes sure that people have access to affordable care health for the first time.”

By pushing for a fast and total repeal, Freedom Caucus members hope to force moderate Republicans and some Democrats into crafting a replacement.

“It’s our hope that in doing so it will bring some others along for a replacement bill once they understand that it has been repealed that you get some Democrats and certainly more moderate Republicans to work in earnest with replacement,” Rep. Mark Meadows, a Freedom Caucus member representing North Carolina, told Politico.

According to Business Insider “Health-policy experts have been concerned that a repeal, or serious steps toward a repeal without a replacement, could lead insurers to leave these markets, potentially destabilizing them and causing large cost increases and coverage lapses. In fact, some large insurers are already questioning their involvement in individual markets next year, given the uncertainty over the GOP plan.”

It is still unclear when the repeal will happen, but the GOP is doing whatever possible to slash health insurance from millions of Americans.

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