Lawmakers prowled the halls of Congress searching for the House Obamacare plan as it was reportedly moved between secret locations Thursday. But who cares? It's only the health and wellness of millions of Americans at stake. The Freedom Caucus and at least three Republican senators are opposed to the tax credits, calling them Obamacare-lite and even "Ryancare", and they're not saying that in a complimentary way.
GOP congressional leaders have been keeping the draft under lock and key, in order to prevent it from being leaked in the same fashion as an older version was last week.
"It's the secret office of the secret bill", Paul said, with a copy machine in tow.
The GOP plan will also provide portable, monthly tax credits for consumers to buy health insurance, the blog said.
Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which is drafting the current legislation, are pushing back on the "secret Obamacare plan" narrative.
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First, the tax credits are refundable. "Talk to the two people that tweeted out with me", he said.
Adding, "Well I've been told, not by republicans, not by the chairman, not by you, but by K Street and everyone else around here that you guys can go down to room H-157 right now as we speak and go in there to the basement, the secret basement -that the speaker says will never happen- and look at the bill that's going to be marked up next Wednesday". "We are in sync - the House, the Senate and the Trump administration, because this law is collapsing". "[But] the fundamental question is how to do it in a way that's sustainable and drives down health care costs". That differs from the Affordable Care Act's income-based credits. "I don't think they wanted the individual mandate", he said. Americans were promised more choice, but they got less.
Though the bill contains some attractive provisions, such as limiting irrational tax breaks for employer-sponsored health insurance, it makes several cardinal errors. They've decried this as a new entitlement program, but House leadership also insists the plan has changed substantially since the leaked draft. Regardless, only a few better-off Americans would qualify for it because most have health insurance through their jobs.
Republican can use "reconciliation" to pass a repeal bill with only a simple majority, but they will need at least 60 votes - including the support of at least 8 Democrats - to pass a replacement proposal. They also must figure out a way to protect patients with pre-existing conditions while scrapping the individual mandate that was meant to help buoy those costs. That's how you come up with good public policy.
"If people don't credibly think there are 51 votes for a plan, then the plan doesn't go forward", said Michael Needham, the president of Heritage Action for America, speaking of the Senate. Acknowledging this, Meadows said some lawmakers are looking at seeding the accounts of the working poor with federal funds to help them to pay for coverage.