As you may have guessed, Congress is sharply divided over the Republican replacement to Obamacare, the American Health Care Act, also known as TrumpCare, RyanCare, and Obamacare Lite.
The grassroots conservative organization FreedomWorks held a rally on Wednesday on Capitol Hill with the intention of rolling through the halls of Congress to confront lawmakers for a full repeal of the 2010 Affordable Care Act.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), who founded and is a leading member of the House Freedom Caucus, stands firm in his position that the AHCA is simply not good enough.
The Congressional Budget Office said that not only will TrumpCare substantially reduce premiums for young adults, but also would be “priced closer to the amount of the premium tax credit so that a younger person would have low out-of-pocket costs for premiums and would be more likely to enroll.” Jordan is opposed to these tax credits, calling them “a new entitlement.”
In an interview with Red Alert Politics, Jordan said that congressional Republicans need to keep their promise on a clean repeal.
“Our concern is that it’s not consistent with what we told the voters,” Jordan said. “We didn’t tell them we were gonna repeal it and keep a bunch of the taxes in place for an extra year.”
Insurers could face a 30 percent surcharge if there’s a lapse in coverage. That’s not a great sign for millennials, who are more likely to not have health insurance and then be subject to this provision. Jordan said this is just as bad as the individual mandate under the ACA.
“We didn’t tell them we’re gonna repeal it and then bring back this 30 percent surcharge.” Jordan iterated. “We can stop the overall package and make changes to it.”
According to the Hill, the House Freedom Caucus headed up by Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) are attempting to propose an amendment that would bring them to the negotiating table.
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