By now, it’s been widely reported how awful Trumpcare would be. It would dump millions of people from health care plans, punish seniors for getting old and make women pay more simply because they’re women.
All of these are excellent reasons to oppose the plan. And Congressman Justin Amash (R-MI3) opposes it, too. But not for the reasons you’d think.
House Freedom Caucus co-founder Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) said of the House GOP leadership-approved American Healthcare Act on Wednesday, “I think they’re basically taking the Obamacare framework and trying to call it a Republican piece of legislation.”
The House Freedom Caucus held a press conference on Tuesday restating their opposition to the plan.
Amash told CNN’s Kate Bouldan the plan being promoted by House Speaker Paul Ryan was little more than “Obamacare 2.0… and that’s not what the people at home asked for.” Amash also said that he didn’t believe the 218 votes in the House needed to pass it are there.
He’s right on one point. This is not what the people at home have been asking for, because I’m quite certain they’ve been asking for MORE affordable health care coverage for MORE people, not less affordable care that kicks millions to the curb. But the notion that he doesn’t think it can pass is good news.
No, Amash said, the problem with this plan is that it is not conservative enough.
The House Freedom Caucus supports the Rand Paul-Mark Sanford Obamacare Replacement Act, as the more conservative plan.