The Republicans took back the majority in the U.S. House in 2010, largely on a wave of anti-Obamacare sentiment expressed by Tea Party supporters.
Seven years later, the best these elected officials have come up with is a watered-down version of the Affordable Care Act that actually expands subsidies and allows illegal aliens to access taxpayer-funded healthcare via Medicare.
But a significant number of congressman have balked at what has been dubbed RyanCare, the bill proposed by GOP leadership.
Justin Amash (R-MI) is one of the dissenters, going so far as to call it the most “universally detested piece of legislation” since he was elected to Congress in 2010.
While I’ve been in Congress, I can’t recall a more universally detested piece of legislation than this GOP health care bill.
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) March 20, 2017
Amash unloaded on Twitter, saying that the Republican proposal does not do enough to repeal and replace ObamaCare. He has repeatedly bashed the proposal on Twitter, calling it a “disaster.”
“This bill not only breaks that commitment [to repeal] but also avoids meaningful reforms to improve health care for all Americans.” https://t.co/wF9FfvT4iw
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) March 19, 2017
Absolutely not true that conservatives have flipped to yes on the health care bill. It doesn’t repeal Obamacare. It remains a disaster.
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) March 17, 2017
Sorry, GOP Establishment. Nobody is buying what you’re selling. https://t.co/vXckjhrBmi
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) March 16, 2017
According to The Hill, in an interview last week, Amash slammed the healthcare legislation as breaking President Trump’s promise to fully repeal ObamaCare.
“This bill not only breaks that commitment but also avoids meaningful reforms to improve healthcare for all Americans,” Amash told Huffington Post late last week.
Amash is among the 17 House Republicans who have said they will vote against the healthcare bill in its current form, according to The Hill’s Whip List. GOP leaders cannot afford more than 21 defections and have the bill pass, assuming Democrats are united in opposition.
Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) is purportedly working with the White House on changes to the bill intended to bring more Republicans on board, with a possible vote on Thursday looming.
During his address to the joint session of Congress, President Trump implored all members of the U.S. House and Senate to “get the job done” and “get it done right” this time.
Will Republicans voted into office to repeal and replace Obamacare fulfill their promises? Or will they disappoint their constituents and get voted out of office as a consequence? The ball is in their court. They should know that the American public is paying rapt attention.