Why These Conservatives aren't Rushing to Repeal Obamacare
Republicans have made repealing Obamacare their top priority. But replacing it is the key. Failing to present a solution that helps Americans find quality, affordable care and expands consumer choice is critical, and a group of conservatives long accused of being impractical are making sure that happens before any repeal vote happens. As the Washington Examiner notes:
The House Freedom Caucus, made up of the most conservative GOP lawmakers in the lower chamber, isn't ready to back a budget resolution that will allow the House and Senate to quickly repeal the Affordable Care Act.
The group met Monday night at a restaurant near the Capitol to weigh the pros and cons of a Senate resolution that would serve as the legislative vehicle for repealing Obamacare.
The Senate is expected to pass the measure by the end of the week and will then send it to the House, where Republican leaders hope to approve it quickly so lawmakers can begin formulating final repeal legislation.
But members of the HFC want to know whether the resolution will leave open a door for keeping up to $500 billion in Obamacare taxes in place. Many Freedom Caucus members are also insisting the final repeal resolution that will come later this year include a replacement for the law, and some are even worried the budget resolution doesn't show a balanced budget after 10 years.
Americans deserve better healthcare, but taxpayers also deserve answers. Obamacare MUST go, but replacing it with something that's costly and inefficient simply won't cut it. An expensive Obamacare Lite would be the road to electoral ruin. Since Obamacare was passed, Republicans have run, and won, on pushing its repeal. If we're going to do it, we'd better do it right.