Thursday, June 22, 2017

What principle looks like

The Senate version of repeal and replace some kind of tweak to the current health care "law" gets a thumbs-down from four of the Senate's best:

Four Republican senators — enough to thwart passage — said Thursday they will not support the current Senate Obamacare replacement plan and will seek changes. 
Conservatives Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ted Cruz of Texas, Ron Johnsonof Wisconsin and Mike Lee of Utah said in a statement that they "are not ready to vote" for the proposal Senate Republicans released Thursday
"There are provisions in this draft that represent an improvement to our current health care system, but it does not appear this draft as written will accomplish the most important promise that we made to Americans: to repeal Obamacare and lower their health care costs," the senators said. 
Paul told reporters that "my hope is not to defeat the bill, but to make the bill better." He said, "We want the bill to look more like a repeal." 
Cruz told reporters that "I think we can get there, but the current draft doesn't do nearly enough."
Oh, that we could have 100 such champions of freedom in that august body.

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