“Health care is complicated stuff.”
Barack Obama, 3/25/15
“Nobody knew health care could be so complicated.”
Donald Trump, 2/27/17
— Reasonable People (@LOLBeReasonable) February 28, 2017
House and Senate Republicans may have just killed the first Obamacare replacement bill before it was even announced. The House GOP’s Obamacare replacement was leaked and immediately came under fire from Republicans.
The draft plan also blocks Obamacare’s 2020 Medicaid Expansion, and not included in the bill are the broad protections for those with pre-existing conditions, which is a foundational component of Obamacare and remains one of its popular provisions. Instead, Republicans will allow $100 billion in grants, which States can use to subsidize their most expensive enrollees.
Republicans are in a tough predicament. Obamacare’s popularity is at an all-time high, and only 30% of Americans support its repeal. The choice they face is to maintain conservative Republican purity and follow through on their promise to repeal Obamacare, which could amount to political suicide, or make smaller tweaks to the law. The draft makes it appear as though House Republicans are trying to find some middle ground, but conservatives are having none of it. Rand Paul called the plan “Obamacare Lite.” Members of the House Freedom Caucus vowed to fight it. Republican Senators Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Mike Lee hinted that the trio could block it in the Senate.
Here’s the full text of the leaked document.