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Moderate Republicans Are Stopping Obamacare Repeal… Again

Doug Sachtleben - April 05th, 2017

“This is big-government liberalism at work among House Republicans and Speaker Ryan is letting them run his conference.”

Washington, DC – Club for Growth president David McIntosh released the following statement after Republican moderates in the House torpedoed a deal to repeal Obamacare:

“The left wing among House Republicans doesn’t want to compromise or keep their pledge to voters to repeal Obamacare,” said Club for Growth president David McIntosh. “They’ve rejected deals that would give Americans more choices for cheaper health insurance, and now they won’t even allow states the chance to scale back Obamacare’s costliest regulations. Conservatives, including the Club for Growth, were willing to accept the latest deal that would let states seek regulation waivers, but moderates want Obamacare largely left intact. This is big-government liberalism at work among House Republicans and Speaker Ryan is letting them run his conference. The Speaker needs to stand up to the moderates who are putting the GOP’s 2018 future in jeopardy by undermining President Trump’s Obamacare repeal promise.”

Op-Ed in Townhall: GOP to Pay Steep Price if Fail to Deliver on Health Care

Doug Sachtleben - March 31st, 2017

GOP to Pay Steep Price if Fail to Deliver on Health Care

David McIntosh |Posted: Mar 31, 2017

Read article on Townhall.com >>>

Democrats will not repeal Obamacare, and a lot of moderate Republicans would just as soon leave it in place. Both positions are an affront to the American people – who desperately want health care reform that gives them the ability to choose affordable insurance.

That’s why the American people overwhelmingly rejected last week’s House bill. They saw it as Washington keeping the status quo.

It would not have increased competition and it would have kept the cost of health insurance premiums rising; a combination that would have spelled disaster for Republicans in 2018.

Fortunately, House Speaker Paul Ryan is now listening and is ready to work with conservatives, who have been fighting for the priorities of the American people from the start. The members of the House Freedom Caucus understand that any Obamacare repeal must deliver on President Trump’s promises to bring back competition, leading to the kind of choices that will drive down costs.

To do that, the Speaker needs a repeal effort that plugs in three elements:

  •         Selling health insurance across state lines. It’s a free-market reform that will make a big difference.
  •         The rollback of more of the costly Obamacare regulations that are responsible for driving up the price of health insurance. Cutting those regulations will even reduce federal spending on the tax credits that are now part of the House bill.
  •         Handling pre-existing conditions with state high-risk pools. Speaker Ryan has called them “a smart way of guaranteeing coverage for people with preexisting conditions.”

In January 2016, after Republicans overwhelmingly passed an Obamacare repeal that was vetoed by President Obama, Speaker Ryan said, “Next year, if we’re sending this bill to a Republican president, it will get signed into law. Obamacare will be gone.” The American people believed that pledge and elected Donald Trump. Next year is here, and they want to see all Republicans keep their word to make sure Obamacare is gone, and to put in its place reforms that offer affordable coverage.

If Republicans don’t make reforms like these, or if moderate Republicans remain intransigent about even sitting down to negotiate a better bill, they will pay a steep price in 2018. Health care costs will continue climbing and voters will be angry that Obamacare is living on in a new Republican form, especially after four elections worth of promises to kill it.

Memo on Way Forward with Obamacare Repeal

Doug Sachtleben - March 25th, 2017

 

MEMO

 

To:
Interested Parties
From: Club for Growth
Date: March 25, 2017
Re: Memo on Way Forward with Obamacare Repeal

After weeks of holding their ground, conservatives saved Republicans from voting for their own version of Obamacare. Their bill wasn’t real repeal.  As the CBO noted, Speaker Ryan’s health care bill would have driven up premiums, and left more people unable to afford health insurance. It was a bad bill, and it was a heroic effort that stopped it.

But conservatives didn’t end up alone in their opposition. As the vote neared, some principled moderates stood with the conservatives, united by the idea that this plan simply did not make things better.

That conservatives AND moderates joined together to put a stop to such a bad bill demonstrated the failure of the House leadership who refused to use regular order, seek input, or listen to concerns.  They instead tried to jam a bill that didn’t deliver on the promises they made, and they tried to make it a “take it or leave it” offer.

Thankfully, conservatives “left it.”

Where does that leave us now?  How do people of principle on each end of the caucus, and on the other side of the aisle even, put together a package that keeps the promises to repeal Obamacare, but also delivers a product that will lower costs and increase access to care?

The conservatives and moderates who opposed the plan should start by meeting together to see what common ground they have.

Obamacare repeal and true healthcare reform can be saved.  The message from the House leaders and even the White House that it is now put aside is simply bluster, much like their negotiations this past week.  Rather than walk away in defeat, we should get to work.

The key is to put as much as possible into one single step, rather than the 3 pronged approach the leaders and White House had been advocating for.

  1. Take the Ryan bill and add the rest of the deregulation that the Freedom Caucus was asking for.  Repeal most if not all of the oppressive Obamacare regulations and add national competition.  Add in the free market, cost saving reforms that the President campaigned on and most if not all Republicans agree on.  Buying across state lines. Easy access to join group plans.  Essentially take all three of President Trump’s stages and put them into the House bill.  Only by adding these measures can the bill begin to roll back the costly premiums and co-pays that have been the hallmark of Obamacare. More Americans will have insurance because more will be able to afford insurance.
  2. Use regular order in the House rules to take the new complete package to the floor after seeking amendments and input.  Allow everyone to offer them from both sides of the aisle, in an open, transparent process.
  3. Ignore the naysayers on Senate rules.  First, reliable sources including Senators tell us that there is FAR more that can be done in reconciliation than we have previously been led to believe.  At the very least we should test it.  If too much falls away, then the House will get another shot at it anyway.  But we should not preemptively surrender nor should we negotiate with ourselves.  Pass what we are FOR in the House.
  4. Allow the same open process in the Senate, with regular order, amendments and ideas from both sides of the aisle.
  5. Undoubtedly a bill done this way will not be everything we want, and may include some aspects we don’t.  That’s legislating. But it will be far better than what was just brought up. It will repeal more. It will free up markets more.  It will cover more people at a lower cost.  And those should be our goals.  So, let’s join with those who believe in those goals, wherever they are on the ideological spectrum, and let’s get to work on real repeal and replace.

 

Club for Growth on the Way Forward for Obamacare Repeal

Doug Sachtleben - March 24th, 2017

“Take the three phases of President Trump’s agenda and put them all into a new House bill.”

 

Washington, DC – Club for Growth president David McIntosh released the following statement after House Speaker Paul Ryan announced that there would be no vote on his health care bill:

“There is a way forward: Take the three phases of President Trump’s agenda and put them all into a new House bill,” said Club for Growth president David McIntosh. “Unite Obamacare repeal with the repeal of Obamcare regulations, and add in the free-market, cost-saving reforms that the president campaigned on, including interstate competition. Give the House a straight up-or-down vote on THAT measure. Republican voters will rally behind it with overwhelming support, and the Senate can take it up and address its rules.”

“President Trump was elected because millions of Americans wanted a full repeal of Obamacare, followed by free-market health care reform that would give them competition, choice, and lower prices. This bill became a Frankenstein meant to appease the insurance industry and Republicans who really want to keep parts of Obamacare. Now’s the time to do it right.”

Club for Growth Praises White House Support of Conservative Health Care Reform

Doug Sachtleben - March 14th, 2017

“President Trump campaigned on interstate competition, and should continue to pressure House leadership to include it in the Republican bill.”

Washington, DC – Club for Growth president David McIntosh released the following statement in response to published reports that the White House is urging conservative-backed changes to the House Obamacare alternative:

“Health care reform must fully repeal Obamacare and do what Republicans campaigned on: open up competition and choice to drive down costs. Ryancare fails on these counts, and is actually projected to cause an immediate spike in premiums, while taking nearly a decade to achieve meager reductions,” said Club for Growth president David McIntosh. “President Trump campaigned on interstate competition, and should continue to pressure House leadership to include it in the Republican bill. It will make insurance more affordable so that more people can buy coverage, and that will reduce the demand for Medicaid and subsidies.”

The Club for Growth is the nation’s leading group promoting economic freedom through legislative involvement, issue advocacy, research, and education.