This is the one chance to change Obamacare. Speaker Ryan has abandoned many principles. Conservatives should be careful before they abandon theirs.
Conservatives in the House and Senate haven’t given up hope that they can reshape Republican Obamacare replacement legislation to be more to their liking, despite mixed signals from the White House and congressional leadership,” reports columnist Jim Antle.
“What we have now is an opening bid,” Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., said during a Tuesday press conference in reference to the American Health Care Act unveiled by top Republicans. Sanford appealed to the president’s reputation as a tough negotiator.
“Inasmuch as President Trump views many things as a negotiation, I’m quite sure he would rarely take any party’s opening bid,” he added. “The debate that is forming will allow conservatives to enhance and improve what has been proposed, and I think this could represent a win for patients, healthcare providers, and the taxpayer alike.”
Right now, the most conservative members of Congress appear to be on a collision course with the rest of their party. Conservatives would like the clean Obamacare repeal language of 2015 to be the starting point, not the bill introduced Monday that some called “Obamacare Lite.”