Rand Paul says GOP health care bill unlikely to pass in Congress

Phillip Butler
March 20, 2017

"I can not vote for any bill that keeps premiums rising", Cruz said, echoing the concerns of other hard-line lawmakers who want the legislation to undo more of the Affordable Care Act's insurance mandates.

Separately, Ryan said he also expected the House to make changes to Trump's proposed budget, which calls for a boost to military spending but big-time cuts in domestic programs. As a Republican, I am just as upset with the bill and its constraints as everyone else, but we must face the unfortunate reality of congressional procedure.

While in MI on Wednesday to promote his administration's reconsideration of fuel efficiency standards, Trump didn't mention health care once. For starters, it is not the full repeal we were promised, keeping some of the core pillars of Obamacare, and it does not contain some of the most basic tenants of Republican health care reform, like the ability to purchase health insurance across state lines and tort reform.

"It's not even a health care plan frankly". I think there's enough conservatives that do not want 'ObamaCare lite, ' " Paul said on ABC's "This Week".

They also agreed to add a provision ensuring the tax credits implemented under the plan can't be used to pay for abortions.

Tucker Carlson raised this point with President Trump during a Fox News interview on Wednesday night.

"This is a power we haven't seen since Ronald Reagan". Breitbart, a conservative site formerly run by Trump's top aide, Stephen K. Bannon, derogatorily calls the bill "RyanCare".

If you don't believe there is a major class conflict dividing our nation, look no further than the Republican alternative to the Affordable Care Act.

The thing is, health-care policy analysts say it's Trump - not Ryan - who could save this bill. First, recognize that the AHCA is not flawless, and that there are changes within the rules of reconciliation that must be made before passage. So does Club for Growth, an influential conservative group, which sent out a news release Thursday thanking the three House conservatives who voted against "RyanCare" in the House Budget Committee.

It's quite possible that a heavy hand on Trump's part could save this bill.

Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., who represents a suburban Philadelphia district that has been heavily targeted by Democrats, said in a Facebook post that he was most concerned that the legislation would roll back efforts to prevent and treat opioid abuse.

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