June 25, 2017
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Watch Jonathan Gruber architect of #Obamacare, cheers Republican health care legislation. (Remember him? He called you 'stupid.' Is this why you voted to re-elect Republicans??)
The NY Post: The Dimms are dancin': The Health Care Bill Would Rescue Obamacare and Take Dems Off The Hook.
Texas Public Policy Foundation: Top Ten Ways Senate Health Care Bill FAILS To Repeal Obamacare
Conservative Review: Some senators immediately recognized this bill, the misnamed Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017," for the sham that it is" ... as currently drafted, this bill draft does not do nearly enough to lower premiums. That should be the central issue for Republicans - repealing Obamacare and making healthcare more affordable. ..."
FreedomWorks Adam Brandon: Senate Bill is an Amendment to Obamacare, Not a Repeal of It
To move closer to the goal of undoing Obamacare's damage, the Senate should go further by expanding states' options to encourage continuous coverage and by providing additional Medicaid reforms.
- Stabilizing Insurance Markets by Freeing States From Obamacare's Federal Mandates
- Medicaid Reform to Help Those Most in Need
Call Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) @SenatorBurr (202) 224-3154.
Call Senator Thom Tillis @SenThomTillis (202) 224 6342 (R-NC)
Don't live in NC? Find your Senate Contact list here.
Message: I demand you Vote NO on the Better Care Reconciliation Act 2017. Keep your promise to repeal Obamacare and to lower costs. This is an amendment to Obamacare. Follow the lead of Senators Cruz, Lee, Paul, and Johnson. You were elected to repeal Obamacare, not amend it. Leader Mitch McConnel promised Obamacare "should be repealed root and branch." This bill isn't that. Don't let this be the great GOP betrayal to the American people. We will not forget!
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Thank the Four Senate Conservatives Who Oppose the Bill ...
@TedCruz @RandPaul @SenMikeLee @SenRonJohnson ... for telling the truth about the bill and standing up to #swampcritters and #swampcare.
" ... Those in media and govt who are claiming BCRA is a first step, a foot in the door, will have the demise of the finest health care system in the world on their hands, and will be responsible for allowing the best opportunity to rid our nation of the fed takeover of 1/5th of the economy to slip through our fingers. ..." Katie Spee, Wall of Honor Heritage Sentinel
May 8, 2017 Update: Obamacare Repeal: Last week the House passed an amended version the American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628) by a final vote of 217 to 213 with 20 Republicans joining all Democrats in opposition. Earlier in March, Speaker Paul Ryan was forced to pull the bill from the floor 18 days after it was first introduced due to serious concerns from both conservatives and moderate Republicans. Most conservative organizations and nearly all conservative health policy experts opposed the original version of the AHCA because it failed to repeal the regulatory architecture of Obamacare (Title I) that is responsible for the rising cost of health care premiums by a national average of 44.5 to 68 percent. Republicans of all stripes campaigned for over seven years to repeal all of Obamacare, including the Title I regulations, as clearly outlined in Speaker Ryan’s “A “Better Way” plan.
Over the Easter recess, House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ), co-chairman of the moderate Tuesday Group, worked out a deal to allow states to easily opt-out of core elements of Obamacare’s Title I insurance regulations if they set up high-risk pools to assist those with pre-existing chronic conditions. This compromise, along with a second amendment offered by Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) and Rep. Billy Long (R-MO) adding $8 billion in assistance to those with pre-existing conditions, convinced enough conservatives and moderates to vote for the AHCA. Heritage Action withdrew its original key vote after House Republican leaders adopted the MacArthur-Meadows Amendment.
Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham:
“Today’s vote ensures the Obamacare repeal effort can continue to move forward. Surely more must be done in the Senate, but the months-long negotiations in the House identified many of the key issues for senators to tackle. Representatives MacArthur and Meadows deserve tremendous credit for their good faith effort to address Obamacare’s regulatory architecture.
“There is no doubt the Republican Party is divided in fundamental ways, but for the years-long repeal effort to be successful, the Senate will have to demonstrate a level of cohesion and commitment that eluded House leaders. The process up until now has been disastrous, but we have confidence the bill can be improved upon in the Senate.”
It was clear House Republicans were not capable of doing better given the disastrous process, which is why nearly every House conservative voted for the amended AHCA and are eager to see the Senate take up and improve the bill. Trusting the Senate to make conservative improvements is usually a very bad idea, but when it comes to the budget reconciliation process it have proven successful in the recent past. The initial 2015 reconciliation bill passed by the House was dreadful — Heritage Action key voted against that bill too and only a handful of Republicans opposed by House leaders said it was the best they could do — but the Senate made the bill substantially better.
As counterintuitive as it sounds, conservatives have leverage and a great opportunity to make the bill better in the Senate. Senator Mitch McConnell is already leading a 13-member health care working group in the Senate that includes conservatives such as Mike Lee (R-UT) and Ted Cruz (R-TX). Although there are no guarantees the outcome will be ideal, conservatives like you are making a difference by moving the bill in a better direction.
Heritage Action statement on the Obamacare repeal effort, click here.
Heritage Action statement on the MacArthur-Meadows Amendment, click here.
Heritage Action face sheet on Obamacare Title I regulations, click here.
Heritage Action key vote, click here.
Sentinel Brief, click here.