House Resets Obamacare Repeal Debate
Washington — This afternoon, the House cancelled a scheduled vote on the American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628). The bill would partially repeal and partially amend Obamacare, while leaving its core regulatory architecture in place. Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham:
“The bill is disaster on nearly every front and opposed by nearly every serious conservative health care analyst. The AHCA failed to repeal Obamacare’s regulatory architecture, which Heritage has found to increase premiums by a national average of 44.5 to 68 percent. This week’s events were unfortunate, but it is now clear that no bill can pass the House unless these regulatory problems are addressed.
“Throughout this process, conservatives acted in good faith to deliver on longstanding campaign promises. Unfortunately, it became apparent this week that many supporters of the bill were hiding behind faux procedural concerns to avoid the substantive divides in the Republican conference over maintaining Obamacare’s regulatory architecture. Today’s events gives conservatives a chance to reset that debate.”