After years of vowing to "repeal and replace" Obamacare, House Republicans finally unveiled their Obamacare replacement plan Monday.
However, the plan turned out to be not exactly the one many conservative and GOP congressmen promised for years. The plan was quickly dubbed "Obamacare Lite" by many conservatives given that it slowly rolls back some of Obamacare's major features, while continuing to be a subsidized health care plan.
House Freedom Caucus member Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) was outspoken in his criticism of the law:
Noted Senate libertarian Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) also spoke out against the plan on Twitter and in an op-ed for Fox News:
The rank-and-file Republicans in Congress have good reason to speak out against the plan: over the last three major national elections beginning in 2010, Republicans have won congressional races across the country based on the promise to repeal and replace Obamacare with a market-based, non-government-run solution.
And if the actual replacement plan isn't congruent with those promises, there may be devastating consequences for Republicans in the 2018 midterm elections.
Conservative radio and TheBlaze TV host Dana Loesch took to Twitter late Monday to express those concerns. Over a series of tweets, Loesch noted that Tea Party Republicans didn't protest Obamacare for the last eight years just to get a watered-down version of the law from the GOP.
Loesch said that, if President Donald Trump, who has reportedly approved the plan, chooses to push the bill, then he will be breaking his promise of "draining the swamp" — and potentially lose a Republican-controlled Congress in 2018.
Despite the plan receiving a seal of approval from House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and other moderate Republicans, Paul, in an interview on Fox News Tuesday morning, vowed that the plan would never become law because the Senate won't pass "Obamacare lite."
"This is, in all likelihood, unconstitutional and could destroy the whole repeal program," Paul said. "It's Obamacare lite. It will not pass."