Conservatives rebel against Trump-backed GOP healthcare plan

March 8, 2017

Rand Paul capitolPresident Donald Trump on Tuesday endorsed Republican legislation to replace the Obamacare healthcare law but the measure faced a rebellion by conservative groups and lawmakers, complicating its chances for passage in the U.S. Congress.

Republican U.S. House of Representatives leaders on Monday unveiled legislation to do away with Obamacare, eliminating the requirement that most Americans obtain medical insurance and creating a system of tax credits to coax people to purchase private insurance on the open market.

Speaker Paul Ryan said he could guarantee that he had enough votes to win passage of the measure in the House, adding that conservatives should be excited about the plan to repeal and replace Democratic former President Barack Obama’s signature domestic policy achievement.

But conservatives slammed the proposal, with Republican Senator Mike Lee calling it “exactly the type of back-room dealing and rushed process that we criticized Democrats for.”

  • Roy Fredrichsen

    I just wonder what the stubborn conservatives are going to do when O’Bama
    Care completely collapses. Last I heard most Insurance companies are bailing out of it left and right. In Arizona, the premiums have doubled and the other benefits costs has also increased. Not too many workers can afford it anymore.

  • dmttbt

    The establishment politicians on both sides of the isle are still in denial. They can’t believe that even with the cheating they did they still lost. The answer is that the american people voted against Trumps opposition. THe people in the news media still have not come to grips with what has happened. Now we have Trump in the white house but he is having trouble getting things done because now he is fighting the repubs and the demos. If we find a way to rid this country of those crooks, then we will have a chance at happiness and prosperity.

  • texexpatriate

    Only 17 percent of counties in America (500 plus counties) voted for
    Clinton. Eighty-three percent of counties in America (3000 plus counties) voted for Trump. Presidents, Senators, and Congress people are not chosen by the big cities but by the nation.

  • Whitelight32812

    Trump better get his head out of his butt and tell Ryan to go pound sand, We want total REPEAL, we want the insurance industry fixed so that all people can afford to buy their own insurance. These people in DC could care less about what we need, they have theirs and we pay for it. It is way past time to pull these pathetic people out of office physically!!!

  • Murph68

    Mike Lee is right, this plan is NOT a good replacement for Obamacare. Republican leadership is either entirely tone-deaf or they’re a bunch of cowards. Hopefully the freedom caucus will shut this plan down before it ever gets to Trump.

  • Tiger

    Let them own it the the mark of this beast be burned into their legacy and when the midterms come, “We the People”, ” The Movement” will remember them.

  • Ken says

    Paul Ryan IS and Elite Establishment Puppet – he supports Government and Insurance company control of Health Care = Control of the Citizens. He voted to FUND the unAffordable Care Act days after the 2014 elections. He also voted to FUND the Obama Executive Order to pay for the Illegal Immigrants.

  • Peter Pihun

    This new bill is a RINORYAN bill. It’s Obama lite. We want the entire bill repealed and start new.

  • Webb

    2010…We voted Republican and Won.
    2012…We voted Republican and Lost.
    2014…We voted Republican and Won.
    2016…We voted Republican and Won Big…
    After seven years of A Promised Repeal of ObamaCare…Here We Are?
    No excuses…Repeal Obamacare Entirely!!

  • John Lock

    The 2,400 pages of Obamacare [AVA] were written to be very very difficult to revise without putting millions off the insurance rolls? It is now a entitlement and a created right to healthcare. How do we get it done – not in one bill looks unlikely at present?

  • mudguy1

    All this Ryan-Care bill is just spraying febreze on Obamacare. Once the fragrance is gone the s**t smell is still there.
    These Rino’s are no different than the Democrats.
    Ryan-Care will NOT make AMERICA GREAT AGIN.

  • Christian_Patriot7

    What part of REPEAL do you idiots not understand!!

  • Carl F. Hall

    We will not be satisfied with anything less that a total repeal. What has been presented is not a repeal but a half-assed band aid.

  • Jean Langford M.


  • Terry T

    One of the goals for any health care system would be that 100% of US citizens have access to quality healthcare. This means that some percentage of the population will need to be subsidized. We already have a program to provide health care to citizens that cannot afford insurance – Medicaid. Why do we need Obama care or Ryan care; use the program we already have. Also, do not use the tax code and the IRS to provide the subsidies; we need to keep the tax code simple – quit using it to incentivize behavior.
    A second goal would be to keep the number of citizens requiring subsidized healthcare low; currently around 1 in 5 are in the Medicaid program, let’s reduce that to 5%. To accomplish that we need to reduce the cost of healthcare and improve the economy so that more citizens are employed with good salaries and can purchase their own insurance. The government should work on these two efforts and resist the temptation to run the health care and health insurance businesses.

  • Gordon558

    Conservatives did not vote for patches to obamacare, we voted to get rid of it along with many other progressive ideas in government. Those Republicans who vote for this will suffer at the ballot box.

    • I Seigel

      And the majority of voters didn’t vote for repeal either. They voted for Hillary, remember?

      • mudguy1

        But the majority of the states voted against Hillary.

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      • Knowledge Transfer

        Wrong! 87% of the COUNTIES in the USA, corresponding more closely to the ELECTORAL COLLEGE, and a majority of the states voted for Trump. If you erase the votes for Trump and Clinton within the “People’s Republic of Colliefornia”, thus negating the largest Communist state in the Divided States of America, Trump won the so called popular vote by a super majority even with the remaining Communist states [New York;
        Illinois; New Jersey; Oregon; Colorado; Delaware; Hawaii; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Minnesota; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Mexico; Rhode Island; Washington; Vermont; Virginia [Northern] 18 out of 50 in play.

        • I Seigel

          Boy, you REALLY had to twist yourself into a knot to reach that kind of “logic”. HAH!!

          • Knowledge Transfer

            Really! Find a stated fact that isn’t a fact air head! Stop looking into your intellectually insolvent mirror when you rifle off your fact-free fire, ready, aim falsehoods.

          • I Seigel

            Really? Your “stated fact” is anything but. Try this one:
            “…thus negating the largest Communist state in the Divided States of America”. There is no FACT that you can find that says California is a Communist state. It’s an opinion. Just a dipshit’s opinion. Obviously you don’t know facts from opinions. Figures.

          • Knowledge Transfer

            Wealth redistribution is Communism. From each according to their means to each according to their needs is Communism. One of your perverted sponsors Vladimir Lenin knew: “Socialized medicine is the keystone in the arch of the socialized state.” You are impervious to reason because you are historically deprived; intellectually insolvent; and academic anemic.

          • I Seigel

            So by your pretzel logic, the U.S. is a Communist state. What do you think taxes and Social Security are? Wealth redistribution. Geez you’re an ideological moron.

          • Knowledge Transfer

            The second plank of the COMMUNIST MANIFESTO is” A heavy progressive income tax”. BINGO! FDR who is famous for saying: “I see nothing wrong with the Communists in this country. Some of the best friends I have are Communists.” This Penthouse Bolshevik created the Social Insecurity System. When warned of its insecurity rich and robust pitfalls [which have proven prescient] he shrugged and smirked: “Don’t worry about it [social security] its just another tax.” BINGO!

      • Ken says

        You must be referring to the “voters” that are beneficiaries of the Establishments freebies for everyone – but who pays?

      • used_to_be_a_liberal


        • texexpatriate

          Sorry, you are wrong. The majority of states voted for
          Trump. See my note above. Get educated.

      • texexpatriate

        See my note above. Educate yourself.

      • Carol Butler

        ++HILLARY WHO?

  • Not_Easily_Impressed

    This is not just Obamacare lite, it is WoRSE than status quo. Trump is deceived if the thinks this is a good thing. Ryan has been a RINO from the start. I never did trust him. Now it should be clear that Ryan is the Trojan horse.

  • TexRancher

    It’s a little early for the Republican elites to go against what We, The Voters elected them for. One in particular was the REPEAL of ObamaCare! Not fixing, not changing, but REPEAL, gone, deep sixed! Republicans had better start listening to us! ObamaCare is a piece of crap in any form! It was shoved down our throats and now we want it shoved back!


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