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Obamacare to Nowhere? Conservatives Reject House GOP Blueprint

Trouble in the world of “repeal and replace” … House and Senate conservatives issued swift rejection of a House GOP blueprint for replacing Obamacare.

Mike Lee, Rand Paul, and Ted Cruz

Last week, Politico obtained a copy of the House GOP’s draft bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. The plan is already in trouble, though, with House and Senate conservatives.

The draft, endorsed by Speaker Paul Ryan and House GOP leadership, eliminates the individual mandate, gives consumers health insurance tax credits based on age instead of subsidies based on income, and rolls back Medicaid expansion under Obamacare.

Days later, though, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), who chairs the conservative House Freedom Caucus, came out in opposition to the bill, mainly over tax credits for insurance:

“What is conservative about a new entitlement program and a new tax increase? And should that be the first thing that the president signs of significance that we sent to the new president?”

Now, according to Politico, other leaders of the House Freedom Caucus, as well as Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Mike Lee (R-UT), have voiced their opposition to the bill, imperiling its status in both chamber of Congress.

On Monday, NTK compared and contrasted the GOP’s Obamacare replacement plans, including Paul’s and the controversial House GOP plan.