Meet the new bill, same as the old bill (but with fewer tax cuts, more spending and a bigger bailout) https://t.co/XKysr6Yyo2
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) July 12, 2017
The entitlement nature of today’s Americans might make it impossible to repeal and replace Obamacare, but that being said, this new bill is more big government.
Senate Republicans say they have no choice. Rand Paul, who wants a clean repeal and then another healthcare spending bill, can’t get 49 votes for his ideas and if no bill is passed, we are left with Obamacare. That, they say, is not acceptable. Rand Paul feels very differently.
Rush Limbaugh says just pass this bill!
But Tand Paul says Republicans are keeping Obamacare. Hundreds of billions in tax dollars are being stuffed into the bill; Obamacare is not repealed; and insurance companies get a huge bailout. The regulations are still in place, along with many of the taxes to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars.
The Republicans are going to bully people of their own party to pass this allegedly very bad bill that bolsters Obamacare and they will do it without one Democrat vote. They will then own it after Obama made a mess of things. How stupid, some say.
If that doesn’t work, they plan to make it worse with Democrats help. Schumer has more welfare healthcare he plans to put into the bill.
A bipartisan total fix to Obamacare is their backup plan!
Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del) says he’s had “great conversations” with both Republicans and Democrats on the issue.
OH, that’s just GREAT!
Republicans look like fools. They ran on the repeal of Obamacare, and then repeal and replace Obamacare ticket for seven years.
There is one good amendment that allows insurers to sell plans that don’t include Obamacare mandates. That is a version of the Cruz-Lee amendment.
Rand Paul explains what’s coming
Rand Paul, writing for Breitbart Thursday, said that the GOP supports subsidies to keep insurance companies afloat and profitable:
Now, the Senate GOP plan being put forward is chock full of insurance bailout money – to the tune of nearly $200 billion. Republicans, present company excluded, now support the idea of lowering your insurance premium by giving a subsidy to the insurance company.
Remarkable. If the GOP now supports an insurance stabilization fund to lower insurance prices, maybe they now support a New Car stabilization fund to lower the price of cars. Or maybe the GOP would support an iPhone stabilization fund to lower the price of phones.
This is nothing more than a new 5-year Soviet healthcare plan that won’t work. It will be replaced and when Democrats get into office, the replacement will be single-payer.
Supporters say the best will come from Tom Price and a future bill -trust them on this.
Republicans say it’s better than what exists, but why patch this horrible bill and put their name on it? Why make everyone buy insurance and then subsidize the people profiting off it.
Why replace the bill with a worse bill that enshrines Soviet healthcare? This is another temporary plan to bolster a failure. Are they doing it for tax breaks? Do people really care that much about tax breaks? Nearly half the country doesn’t pay federal taxes and they voted for Trump as Ann Coulter wrote on Human Events.
What happened to buying across states lines, not paying for everyone’s pregnancies, condoms, addictions, sex change operations?
How about not paying for illegal aliens?
It codifies Obamacare
It not only doesn’t repeal Obamacare, Paul writes, it codifies the federal entitlement to insurance. What’s next? Subsidizing all insurance?
The Senate Obamacare bill does not repeal Obamacare. Not even close.
In fact, the Senate GOP bill codifies and likely expands many aspects of Obamacare.
The Senate Obamacare-lite bill codifies a federal entitlement to insurance. With the Senate GOP bill, Republicans, for the first time, will signal that they favor a key aspect of Obamacare – federal taxpayer funding of private insurance purchases.
The bill will transfer billions of dollars to people who will then transfer billions of dollars to insurance companies. What a great business model – encourage the federal government to use taxpayer money to buy a private company’s product. Great business model, that is, if you are Big Insurance. Remarkable.
The Senate Obamacare-lite bill does what the Democrats forgot to do – appropriate billions for Obamacare’s cost-sharing reductions, aka subsidies. Really? Republicans are going to fund Obamacare subsidies that the Democrats forgot to fund?
Obamacare isn’t insurance. It’s government redistribution, forcing all of us to pay for others’ healthcare with ever-increasing premiums and deductibles. In exchange, we get bad healthcare and the government gets to decide what we can or cannot have.
— America’s Newsroom (@AmericaNewsroom) July 11, 2017
This article was updated to include information from Paul’s critics.