Lawmakers Hunt Around the Capitol for Obamacare Repeal Bill

04 March, 2017, 01:00 | Author: Priscilla Morrison

Their goal: embarrass Republican leaders who have vowed to make the overhaul transparent and are struggling to solidify support. "Rep. Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.), a committee member, said he was also not able to read the bill and was told it was not available". "You can't have legislation locked behind closed doors in my state", said Paul. "I am perfectly confident that when it is all said and done, we are going to unify because we all, every Republican, ran on repealing and replacing, and we're going to keep our promises". We're going through the committee process step-by-step.

In a series of tweets, the Republican senator from Kentucky said the House GOP has hidden its plan from other lawmakers and the public.

"This is being presented as if it were a national secret, as if this was a plot to invade another country, as if this were national security".

The Hill reported: "Paul later said he's been told the House Republicans" draft of the repeal bill is "take it or leave it.' 'I think that's why it's top secret, ' he said".

Members from both sides of the aisle on Thursday decried the secrecy over the bill, with Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi drawing attention to it during a press conference on Thursday and Republican Sen.

Somewhere, at one point rumored to be room H157, an invitation-only meeting of certain members of the House Ways and Means Committee and the Energy and Commerce Committee was reportedly taking place. "Anybody who thinks that their bill is the only bill that can pass, that's not realistic", House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise said Thursday. It remains to be seen how the bill will handle the millions that gained coverage under the ACA and how the bill will cover patients with preexisting conditions.

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Repealing and replacing Obamacare wasn't controversial to Republicans on the campaign trail, but now that it's time to get on with it, the infighting has begun.

Maybe it's a coincidence, but Politico has also gotten its hands on what is purported to be the latest draft of the House Obamacare repeal plan, and it shows few if any concessions to right-wing objections.

The following week, the House Budget Committee is scheduled to combine the bills into a "reconciliation" package eligible for Senate debate, with votes on the House floor expected the week after that.

And outside Congress, three prominent groups - FreedomWorks, Americans for Prosperity and Heritage Action for America - plan to increase pressure on lawmakers to repeal the law fully or risk retribution from the conservative grass roots.

This was "very unconvincing", said Massie.

One of the most contentious of the remaining proposals is a new tax, backed by Ryan, that would be imposed on part of the value of expensive employer-provided health care plans. "He said there should be tax credits, he said states should have more flexibility, he says we've got to [deal] with Medicaid and the transition, so what's the Republican plan?".

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