The Senate legislation introduced a while back to repeal and replace Obamacare fails to deliver of addressing systemic problems within the U.S. health care industry, a Republican lawmaker who opposes the bill wrote in the Los angeles Times op-ed published Monday.
Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, one among five GOP senators who have announced opposition to your repeal-and-replace measure, said the bill will not go far enough in undoing certain Obamacare provisions and follows too closely from the mold of past government solutions in lieu of taking problem-solving strategies through the private sector.
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“Like various senators, I have hoped that the was where things were headed throughout the last many weeks because Republican bill was discussed,” Johnson wrote. “We’re disappointed which the discussion draft turns its back during this simple solution and were applied to something excessively familiar: throwing money along at the problem.”
With a 52-seat majority inside the Senate, Republican leaders are able to shed the support of just two members of their caucus and still pass the repeal-and-replace legislation that was a high GOP priority for years. Republican leadership in the Senate claims the chamber will vote for the bill in a few days.
Johnson said hello was unacceptable that the GOP proposal leaves into position a provision banning insurers from denying coverage to those people with pre-existing conditions or charging them more, rules he said “drive increase the tariff of insurance for anyone.” Also unacceptable are increases for heath care treatment subsidies, he wrote.
In attacking Obamacare itself, the Wisconsin senator recalled what of former President Bill Clinton, who described this care legislation as “the craziest thing in the world” during a campaign stop on behalf of his wife, 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, a remark that quickly had been a GOP talking point despite the former president’s subsequent backtracking.
Obamacare, Johnson said, has “virtually eliminated great and bad consumer-driven, free-market discipline from one-sixth of our economy.” He pointed to rk surgery, which grew cheaper plus more prevalent if this was not included most plans, as evidence that health care seriously isn’t proof against market forces.
A better solution compared to the one currently up for grabs would further loosen regulations, Johnson said, “so that Americans can decide to order insurance that meets their requirements and that they have enough money.” The Wisconsin senator said protections for those with pre-existing conditions must be modeled on pre-Obamacare programs in states like her own, which used high-risk pools.
With regulations sufficiently loosened, Johnson wrote, “the market [can] learn to rein inside the underlying tariff of healthcare itself and lower the price tag on taxpayer subsidies.” He left open the option for making use of Senate leadership to alter the bill enough for him to support it.
“Republican leaders have told us the plan unveiled last week is actually a draft, open to discussion and improvement,” Johnson wrote. “I enjoy dealing with Senate leadership and the president to enhance the check in order that it addresses the plight with the forgotten women and men by returning freedom and choice to healthcare.”