Obamacare Replacement Introduced, Slammed as “Likely Unconstitutional”, “Obamacare Lite” [VIDEO]
Washington D.C. – Introduced by the House Committee on Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady and House Committee on Energy and Commerce Chairman Greg Walden, the much-anticipated Obamacare Replacement is being met with major backlash by Republicans and Democrats alike. Rand Paul was among the first to attack the bill, calling it “likely Unconstitutional.” Primarily, Sen. Paul took issue with the fact that the bill is “built into Medicaid” with a 4% annual interest rate. Paul argued that this growth rate is “untenable”, that it “keeps the Cadillac tax forever”, keeps “the individual mandate,” and discussed the potentially Unconstitutional aspect of consumers being forced to “pay the penalty not to the government but to the insurance company” on Fox & Friends:
Fox commentator Charles Krauthammer was equally unimpressed and took the side of Sen. Paul. On Fox’s Special report with Bret Baier, Krauthammer said “Rand Paul is right. This is, in a sense, ObamaCare lite.” He went on to say that removing Obamacare entitlements will effectively “destroy the presidency,” commenting on the Democrat’s tactic of enacting entitlements that are then next to impossible to actually retract without irreparable problems.
At the White House Press Conference in D.C., Dr. Tom Price, the secretary of Health and Human Services, tried to assure Republicans that the Obamacare repeal is still “a work in progress.” Dr. Price brought a visual aid with him: two stacks of paper. The right stack was the entirety of the Affordable Care Act, an inflated bill that has driven up the price of insurance for most Americans while decreasing the quality of coverage. On the left sat the replacement bill, 1/15th the size of AFA. Dr. Price argued, “You start at a starting point, people engage and they get involved in the process, sometimes to a greater degree. […] We’ll work through it. This is an important process to be had.”
While a full repeal of Obamacare and its entitlements is unlikely, Republicans still eagerly wait for the conservative replacement that Trump touted on the campaign trail. President Trump assured Republicans on Twitter that the much anticipated changed will come in “phase 2 & 3”, he added that future changes will bring down and restabilize healthcare in America: