Without This Lawmaker Republicans Can Kiss An Obamacare Repeal Goodbye
Republicans have been trying to gut Obama’s signature healthcare act since it was first introduced. With Donald Trump winning the presidency they thought things would be in the bag and repealing the Affordable Care Act would be easy.
That has not been the case. The GOP’s first attempt to introduce a new bill and repeal Obamacare was a complete failure. Now, Republicans are taking a second shot at it.
As Bloomberg reported:
“Representative Fred Upton helped guide dozens of Obamacare repeal measures through the House in recent years, but he has deep reservations about the GOP’s current bill.”
“I’m not comfortable with it and I told the leadership that,” Upton said Friday, in a vivid illustration of the continuing obstacles to the GOP effort to resurrect its stalled repeal plan.
Upton, a Michigan Republican, is not ready to support the GOP’s bill that they want to replace Obamacare. He also said that the latest revisions to the bill have made it worse.
Upton shares the same opinion as other Republicans, which has led GOP leaders to abandon an effort to hold a vote on the bill this week.
Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy remains optimistic that the bill will be passed. “We’ve been making great progress, and when we have the votes we’ll vote on it,” he said.
House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republican leaders have stated that they’re not sure if they have the right amount of support to pass the bill.
“Right now we know we’re in a stronger position than we were, but we don’t know for sure if we have the votes,” said Representative Tom Cole of Oklahoma, who isn’t a member of the caucus.
Republicans can only afford to lose 22 votes. As of now, without including Upton, 16 Republicans have openly opposed the revised measure.
Upton expressed his concern for the newly revised bill, saying that it will affect coverage for people with pre-existing medical conditions.
“The issue is potential higher costs to those with pre-existing illnesses,” he said. “They’re trying to say that they still maintain access with continuous coverage but the question is what happens on the costs side of the thing.”