Get Ready To Die: Ryan Says GOP Is Putting ‘Finishing Touches’ On Healthcare Bill
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Wednesday that Republicans are putting the “finishing touches” on an effort to revive their draconian ObamaCare replacement bill.
“We’re in the midst of negotiating sort of finishing touches because our members want to make sure that we lower premiums,” Ryan said during a question and answer session as part of a trip to London, according to The Hill.
Talks have continued on the healthcare measure over the recess. Both Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), the chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, and Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.), co-chairman of the centrist Tuesday Group, have said they have spoken to Ryan’s office and Vice President Mike Pence over the recess.
MacArthur told NJ.com Tuesday that he is proposing amendments to the measure that he thinks could help bridge the gap between moderates and conservatives. However, he offered no details.
MacArthur went on to say that he thinks a vote on the measure could happen as soon as next week.
That would be a monumental task, though, as many other centrist lawmakers have pushed back over the recess on the approach advocated by the Freedom Caucus.
As The Hill states: The Freedom Caucus wants states to be able to have waivers to allow them to repeal ObamaCare protections for people with pre-existing conditions, which conservatives say are driving up premiums.
Moderates, however, have spoken out against that step when pressed by constituents at town halls across the country over the recess.
“We’re very close and it’s basically make good on the promises that were made,” Ryan said of the repeal and replacement effort.
“It’s just going to take us a little time to make good on that,” he said at another point.
Ryan argued that it would be much easier if a healthcare measure passed before Republicans moved on to tax reform, because the ObamaCare taxes would be repealed.
“Healthcare is not dead,” Ryan said. “We’re still working on it.”
In other words: if you get sick, get ready to die, folks.