Senate Republicans unveiled their version of the GOP health care plan on Thursday.
While the bill would roll back nearly all Obamacare taxes and repeal the individual mandate, it also keeps some major components of the Affordable Care Act. Obamacare premium subsidies would remain mostly intact, with one change to tighten the earnings threshold of eligibility.
Four conservative senators have said they will block the bill. Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah released a joint statement Thursday, saying, “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 they are “open to negotiation” on the legislation.
Doc Thompson explained why the bill isn’t anywhere close to a real repeal on Friday’s “The Morning Blaze with Doc Thompson.”
The legislation would mostly be good marketing for the GOP since they could say they repealed Obamacare while keeping most of its requirements and not doing any real work to lower premiums.
“You didn’t repeal it. You repealed part of it and put in your own crap,” Doc said.
The bill would defund Planned Parenthood, which receives around $500 million in federal funding annually – however, the ban on funding for the abortion giant would only last for a year.