1. Powerful Conservative Groups Line Up Against House GOP Health Plan - via Politico
With the ink barely dry on the legislation, powerful conservative groups started lining up against House Republicans' plan to replace ObamaCare, with Club for Growth saying it would aggressively push for GOP lawmakers to vote against it.
With little early defense from the White House, the groups issued sharply worded statements against the House GOP replacement bill, which would offer less generous insurance tax credits and phase out the law's Medicaid expansion while striking its unpopular individual mandate penalty.
The Heritage Foundation's advocacy arm called it "bad policy." FreedomWorks panned it as "ObamaCare-lite." And the Club for Growth called it a "warmed-over substitute for government-run health care." Read more here...
2. Conservatives Groups Blast GOP Health Care Plan - via The Hill
Outside conservative groups on Tuesday blasted House Republicans' newly unveiled healthcare proposal, saying it doesn't live up to the GOP's promise of fully repealing ObamaCare.
The Club for Growth dubbed the proposal "RyanCare" and threatened to record names of Republicans who vote for the bill unless it includes significant changes.
Heritage Action, FreedomWorks and the Koch brothers-backed Americans for Prosperity, a group aligned with billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch, also issued scathing statements highly critical of the "American Health Care Act," which was released on Monday.
FreedomWorks panned the GOP bill as "ObamaCare-Lite," while AFP labeled it "ObamaCare 2.0." Read more here...
After a long wait and leaked discussion drafts, the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee have finally released their recommendations to repeal and replace ObamaCare. These committees were originally due to have their recommendations submitted to the House Budget Committee on January 27, as required by S.Con.Res. 3.
Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce will move relatively quickly on their recommendations. Both committees have scheduled markups for Wednesday, March 8. Ways and Means will convene in 1100 Longworth at 10:30 am. Energy and Commerce will meet in 2123 Rayburn at the same time.
The good news is that the individual and employer mandates are zeroed out retroactively to 2016 in the Ways and Means text. Almost all of ObamaCare's taxes are repealed. But there are several concerns with the bill that have to be addressed, otherwise, this bill will be ObamaCare-lite. Read more here...
4. Conservatives Suggest They Won't Fall in Line on ACA Overhaul - via The Morning Consult
The GOP replacement to the Affordable Care Act is out, but Republicans are not on the same page.
Less than 24 hours after legislation was introduced, the plan put forth by House leadership won the approval of the White House, but sparked the ire of conservative organizations, health wonks and lawmakers.
Still, GOP leaders are pressing forward with markups scheduled for Wednesday in two House committees, despite not having scoring from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, which will calculate the bill's costs and effects on health coverage. Read more here...
There is a meme developing in conservative circles that Sen. Rand Paul's (R-Ky.) ObamaCare Replacement Act, S. 222, retains ObamaCare's costly refundable tax credits. This faulty narrative is developing as a way to tamp down conservative opposition to the House Republican ObamaCare replacement effort, which includes a refundable tax credit.
Doug Badger and Grace-Marie Turner of the Galen Institute, for example, made this claim today in a piece at Forbes, which they wrote, "[T]hough Paul has characterized Republican plans for an age-related refundable tax credit as 'Obamacare Lite,' his bill does the unthinkable: It retains the Obamacare income-related refundable tax credits."
This is a gross mischaracterization of Sen. Paul's legislation.
The Kentucky conservative has repeatedly said that he wants to repeal ObamaCare using the 2015-2016 reconciliation bill, H.R. 3762, the Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act, as the baseline. This reconciliation bill, which passed both chambers of Congress and was vetoed by President Barack Obama in January 2016, repealed the ObamaCare refundable tax credits in Section 202. Read more here...
Director of Public Policy, FreedomWorks