How the GOP got ‘out of bed’ on Obamacare coverage
Posted On June 6, 2021
The GOP’s efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare failed last week, and now a growing number of conservatives are demanding to know why.
In a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), the group of conservatives wrote that they have received no answers from the House Ways and Means Committee, the committee that crafted the legislation, about how the House will be able to get its healthcare bill through.
The letter is signed by the following six conservative lawmakers:FreedomWorks President Chris Cox, Heritage Action President Matt Kibbe, The Heritage Foundation’s John Bolton, FreedomWorks President Matt Gaetz, and The Heritage Action for America’s Matt Kincaid.
The letter, which was obtained by The Daily Signal, comes amid signs of tension between conservatives and Ryan, who has been publicly sparring with House leadership over their efforts to get the healthcare bill to the floor.
Ryan has been on a collision course with House conservatives since he became speaker in May, when House Republicans voted to allow the House to move ahead with the repeal of Obamacare.
In the process, Ryan alienated some of his fellow Republicans who supported the healthcare legislation, such as Sens.
Susan Collins (R) of Maine and Lisa Murkowski (R), who have expressed their disapproval with the plan.
And while Ryan has defended his approach, he has not been willing to go all-in on repealing and replacing Obamacare.
He is attempting to work with Senate Republicans to pass a healthcare bill that could be signed into law before the end of the year.
While some Republicans have criticized Ryan for not acting more aggressively to repeal Obamacare, the conservative group has been trying to get a handle on the legislation from the get-go.
And they have raised concerns about the lack of answers from Ryan’s office about how they plan to get their healthcare bill passed.
The Congressional Budget Office estimates that repealing and substituting the Affordable Care Act would add $2 trillion to the federal deficit over the next decade.
Ryan has repeatedly insisted that repeal would result in higher taxes and a more costly healthcare system.
While Ryan has been reluctant to publicly admit that he will have to resort to an all-out repeal effort, he did acknowledge that the House Republican plan would not be able get through the Senate if it did not include an alternative to Obamacare.
That alternative is the so-called “American Health Care Act,” a bill that would repeal much of the healthcare law but leave in place a tax credits program for healthcare providers.
The CBO estimates that a replacement plan would cost between $1 trillion and $2.3 trillion.
The House GOP bill would repeal Obamacare by allowing individuals to buy private insurance and imposing a 10 percent tax on all healthcare providers that provide healthcare to the elderly and disabled.
It would also provide tax credits to low- and middle-income Americans to purchase private insurance.
While the House Republicans plan is still in its drafting phase, Ryan has not ruled out the possibility of a “skinny repeal” of the bill.
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Ryan said he would not rule out a partial repeal, but that he does not think that will happen.
A partial repeal would leave in effect some parts of the law, such an expansion of Medicaid, and it would leave millions of Americans without healthcare coverage.
Ryan’s office did not respond to a request for comment from The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Ryan, however, has said that he has no plans to scrap the House’s healthcare plan in the near future.
“I have no plans for that at this point,” Ryan said at a press conference earlier this month.
“The bill has to pass the House.
That is the bottom line.
There are two things that I am not going to do is have it die on my watch.
One is, we’re going to have to repeal the bill or we’re not going get a vote.
I’m not going there.”
A full repeal would require Republicans to accept the Republican leadership’s proposal, but would likely require significant concessions to get it through the House, such changes to Medicaid, or some other way to stabilize the healthcare system and ensure that the country does not become a “failed state.”
It’s unclear what Ryan’s plan would look like if it were to pass.
In theory, it would remove all the individual insurance subsidies from the law and allow employers to charge workers more.
It also would allow people to deduct from their taxes premiums from their paychecks any amount over the cap of $250,000.
Ryan said that such a plan would provide “real certainty” for Americans.
However, Ryan is not alone in being concerned about the House GOP plan.
The American Health Care Association, which represents the medical providers that make up the ACA’s insurance markets, has raised concerns that repealing the law would result from a catastrophic healthcare bill, which would leave insurance companies with too much debt to pay.
That would be bad news for millions of people in the healthcare industry, as it would create a risk of catastrophic losses that insurers