“House Speaker Paul Ryan’s new bill to replace ObamaCare” is being slammed by “a wide range of conservatives, with one Republican senator declaring it ‘dead on arrival’ in the Senate — if it can make it through the House.”
And that’s despite President Trump voicing approval for the bill, telling “a group of House Republican leaders that he is ‘proud’ to support the new plan. ‘You can choose your doctor. You can choose your plan,’ he said at the meeting. ‘It’s called good health care.'”
But House Republicans will have none of it. “Senator Rand Paul derided it as ‘Obamacare-lite,’ while a group of House Republicans said it would create a ‘Republican welfare entitlement.’ One conservative group labeled it ‘Ryancare’ and said it was merely a ‘warmed-over substitute for government-run health care.'”
The pressure is now clearly on Republicans to deliver their long-promised repeal, and the party seems deeply divided over this new draft measure. The bill was blasted by a number of influential conservatives groups, including Heritage Action, the Club for Growth, FreedomWorks, and the libertarian Cato Institute.
“Everyone needs to take a step back,” wrote Michael Cannon, Cato’s director of health policy studies and a strong critic of Obamacare. “This bill is a train wreck waiting to happen.”
Rand Paul told Bloomberg TV that they “just want a clean repeal” and vote on a replacement later.”