Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY) is a member of the House Freedom Caucus and he was also a vocal detractor of the recently defeated House GOP healthcare bill. While Massie hates Obamacare and believes that every scrap of that heinous bill should be replaced, he argued that the GOP version was “almost as bad” as the bill they were trying to replace. Massie believes that President Trump likely got some very bad advice when it came to the American Health Care Act, and that because of the bad advice he received he wasn’t completely aware of just how unpopular the bill really was. In fact, while the conservative wing of the party would have been enough to kill the bill, they weren’t the only members of Congress who planned to vote no this past week. A large group of moderate and centrist Republican Congressman voiced their opposition in the days leading up to the bill’s demise and it was likely these middle-of-the-road Representatives who likely caused the GOP leadership to pull the bill before a vote.
It wasn’t just some GOP congressman who didn’t want the GOP healthcare bill to pass, most of America didn’t want it either.
The poll found that 56% of those surveyed were against the American Health Care Act — the GOP leadership’s plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. Twenty-six percent said they were undecided.
On Monday morning’s episode of Fox & Friends Brian Kilmeade, ever the GOP defender, pushed Congressman Massie on why he stood against the bill.
President Trump made a great pitch for the AHCA, but the problem is it’s not the bill any of us campaigned on. I think he’s getting bad advice here in the swamp.
Moving forward, if we split the AHCA into three separate bills: repeal, Medicaid reform, and then replacement, Congress can get to 218 votes for each separate bill. It won’t be the same 218 members though. I can vote for repeal and for Medicaid reform but I can’t vote for a replacement that includes penalties, mandates, subsidies, and bailouts. It’s true that the Speaker will need Democrat votes to pass an Obamacare-Lite.
GOP leadership did a lot of R&D to develop the replacement bill last week. The problem is they think R&D stands for Ripoff and Duplicate ObamaCare.