Published: Wed, April 05, 2017
Sport | By Noel Norman

We'll help fix Obamacare if you won't repeal it

We'll help fix Obamacare if you won't repeal it

House Democrats, who unanimously opposed the Republican repeal, were meeting Wednesday to come up with their own proposals for improving the law while also calling on Republicans to fix rather than repeal.

For those keeping score at home, Republicans aren't giving up on repealing the Affordable Care Act and implementing a conservative alternative. "That's how we do things on the battlefield, that's how things should be done here", said freshman Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., an Army veteran who lost both legs after being wounded in Afghanistan. How are we to assume that they can get anything done? We need bipartisan problem-solving, ' he wrote on Facebook.

Republicans in South Carolina's congressional delegation are hopeful after President Donald J. Trump and House leadership failed to garner enough support for their bill to replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Brooks, along with some conservatives, also may use a legislative tool that would force a floor vote on a bill dismantling the health care law. I wanted to talk to someone who has a lot of experience with Republican infighting and party turmoil, so I called former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. The president's first agenda was to "repeal and replace" Obamacare, and Ryan took the reins in Congress, ultimately spearheading the repeal effort.

The New York Times notes that White House and House GOP leaders met on Monday and Tuesday to discuss drafting a new bill that would repeal Obamacare.

If President Donald Trump is a true leader, shouldn't he be concerned about the people who elected him and reach out to Democrats to fix what needs to be fixed with Obamacare?

Nevertheless, as they are forced to do so long as Trump remains president, Republican enablers try to decipher which Trump message to tout.

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"We're looking at all kinds of options to get out to yes", House Freedom Caucus chairman Mark Meadows (R-NC) told reporters as he exited the meeting. They believe everyone should be personally responsible to provide for their own food, clothing, shelter, health care, etc.

Sixty-five percent of registered voters either want to see the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare, maintained as is or strengthened, a 7-point uptick over a February McClatchy-Marist poll that asked the same question.

Ryan said Republicans are united around a common set of principles: "We all want to advance the cause of freedom and limited government, and we all want to make it easier for families to pay the bills and take care of their loved ones", he said.

But it's not as bad as the Republicans have been making it out to be.

Senate Minority Charles E. Schumer said Democrats plan to outline ways to improve on Obamacare, which extended coverage to more than 20 million people but suffers from rising premiums and dwindling choices on its web-based insurance exchanges.

Shares of Community Health Systems Inc CYH.N dropped 7.6 percent and Tenet Healthcare Corp THC.N shares fell 4.8 percent at mid-afternoon.

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