From Ari Fleisher: Why are some press saying Ryan is trying to “ram” health bill through the House? It’s going through 4 committees. Worst “ram” I’ve ever seen (Twitter). Some are offering an amendment to the current plan “focused on repealing Obamacare and bringing down the cost of premiums” (Washington Examiner). Hugh Hewitt explains “With some outside-the-box thinking, some dealmaking and a little humility, the AHCA can be saved” (Washington Post). Galen Institute president Grace-Marie Turner explains why Rand Paul’s version is worse than Obamacare (Forbes). From Kimberly Strassel: From the moment Speaker Paul Ryan unveiled his ObamaCare repeal-and-replace bill, the media have declared it a doomed project. The newspapers have run out of synonyms for division, disunity, discord, conflict, struggle, mess. Since the only thing the media enjoy more than bashing Republicans is helping Republicans bash each other, the cable stations have offered a nonstop loop of a handful of GOP naysayers and grandstanders (cue Rand Paul ) who wish the bill ill (WSJ). Charles Krauthammer looks at the mess Democrats have created (National Review).Read More »
Republicans are keeping their promise to American voters. They have introduced the American Health Care Act.
There are three main components of the AHCA that you should know about:
• First, it repeals every single one of the taxes in Obamacare. The individual mandate and medical device tax are both eliminated.
• Second, it sends Medicaid spending back to the states, and also puts a cap on Medicaid spending.
• Finally, it introduces tax credits for lower and middle income Americans to help with the cost of health care.
There are some in Congress, especially in the Freedom Caucus, who have complaints about the American Health Care Act. They must remember that the perfect must not be an enemy of the good.
There is a lot at stake here. The AHCA isn’t the only part of making this country come back. Regulation reform and tax reform are essential as well as a larger, rebuilt defense. But this is the key foundation.