While President Trump, RINO/moderate Republicans and the media point fingers regarding the defeat of RyanCare, or “ObamaCare Lite,” the conservative Heritage Foundation sees a light at the end of the tunnel.
In an email to supporters, Heritage’s President, Jim DeMint, did not hold back on their opinion of the recent House bill.
Obamacare must be repealed. Unfortunately, the misguided House health care bill, the American Health Care Act, didn’t do that.
The AHCA was the perfect marriage of bad policy, bad process, and bad politics. Crafted behind closed doors, it left much of Obamacare in place and would in many ways have made things worse.
New Heritage research shows that Obamacare’s regulations – left intact by the AHCA – have been a major driver of health insurance premiums. A broad spectrum of conservative scholars echoed this concern, as The Daily Signal reported last week. This could have been a political nightmare had Congress once again forced through a bill that didn’t live up to it’s promises.
Delighted at its defeat, Heritage is ready to make good on the promises Republicans ran on for seven years and the American people demand.
Now with that bill withdrawn, we have an opportunity to get it right and fully repeal Obamacare.
Heritage will now work to craft a better approach with President Trump, Congressional leadership, and anyone else interested in common-sense health care reform. We must completely repeal Obamacare — all of it — and replace it with a health insurance reform that benefits all Americans.
In my meetings with the President on Obamacare, he has shown a great openness to conservative solutions and so have leaders in Congress. I am optimistic about our prospects for success.
Heritage experts have already created a repeal-and-replace plan, based on the principles of free enterprise and limited government, that benefits everyone. It drives down costs, improves health outcomes, and protects those people most in need. We can still win the battle for an affordable, better health care system that serves struggling American families.
Here’s what our plan does. It will fully repeal Obamacare. It will limit the federal government’s role in health care and enable individuals and families to purchase health insurance in a competitive, free market. And it will reform and strengthen programs like Medicare and Medicaid to improve care and reduce the cost to taxpayers.
You can find out more about Heritage’s comprehensive proposal to repeal and replace Obamacare HERE.
Paul Ryan’s House bill was a disaster because it did not deliver on their promises to the American people. Trump made a pledge to fix Obamacare because that’s what his voters wanted. However, there is no evidence his heart was really in it. He left the legislation up to Ryan, who delivered a bill as bad as the original.
Trump and his administration have signaled they are moving on after missing the arbitrary and meaningless deadline they set for last Friday. While that flies in the business world, it is harmful and detrimental to America’s health care system. His voters, as well as all Americans, deserve better.
Thank goodness the Heritage Foundation is nowhere close to being done with their promise to the American people.
But that’s just my 2 cents.