Will Senate Bill be a Win or a Loss?

June 14, 2017

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“We aren’t stupid” two Senate aides told Axios. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is not even letting other senators see the GOP Senate’s “repeal and replace” Obamacare bill. They plan to submit it to the Congressional Budget Office before making it public.. The vote may happen before or just after the July 4 recess. Despite the bill being a secret, one reporter claims moderates are winning and conservatives are losing.
Let’s define “win” and “loss.”
The GOP goal is REPEAL, not “repeal and replace.” That’s why Republicans were elected en masse in November.
Thus, a win would be all 2,700 pages of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) repealed and its nearly 10-foot stack of regulations (some 40,000 pages) rescinded. A loss is anything less than full repeal. But a REALLY BIG LOSS is continued federal control under a Republican-styled Obamacare.
Decide for yourself. Below is a chart we created comparing major provisions of Obamacare with the House GOP’s American Health Care Act of 2017 (H.R. 1628) and the rumored contents of the Senate bill.
Importantly, a repeal of the nearly $1 trillion in ACA taxes will defund and likely destabilize Obamacare. Thus, it’s possible that repealing the taxes could lead to a functional “repeal” of the law. That’s why CCHF signed on to a coalition letter to U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch, Senate Finance Committee chairman, asking the Senate to repeal all 19 Obamacare taxes. We also asked that, and more, in a letter we sent to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
But Senate Republicans seem reticent to do so, perhaps delaying their repeal or keeping some taxes.
Contact your Senators now. Decisions are being made and liberals are targeting Republicans in nationwide campaigns to stop repeal. We cannot afford to be silent. Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121.
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