You may find this hard to believe but Republicans are in agreement with Republican-turned-Independent-turned- Democratic Congressman Charlie Crist when he says that the Senate Republican version of the ‘repeal and replace’ Obamacare bill is just as “troubling as the House Republicans version.”
“I do not agree with my colleagues pushing this bill, but we can have this debate in a respectful manner. I stand willing to work together to improve healthcare for Floridians, but this bill is not the solution.”-Rep. Charlie Crist (D)
Crist takes issue with the bill because he says it defunds Planned Parenthood and guts Medicaid. Fair enough.
Crist also says that the proposed bill leaves “tens of millions of Americans uninsured.”
But while pro-life advocates support defunding Planned Parenthood for the group’s abortion practices, the issue that Republicans have with the new GOP healthcare bill is that it really isn’t a repeal and replacement of the “disastrous” Obamacare law.
This week alone, Senators Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Ron Johnson, and Rand Paul, all stated that they would not support the current Senate Obamacare-lite bill.
As of right now, the Senate healthcare bill is dead on arrival. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) doesn’t have the votes to pass the bill.
Cruz proposed “Consumer Freedom Amendment” to the Senate bill that would afford insurers the opportunity to sell plans that do not conform with the existing healthcare law’s requirements.
“What that does — it leaves existing plans on the market but it gives new options so that people can purchase far more affordable health insurance. It will enable a lot more people to be able to afford buying health insurance.” Sen. Ted Cruz (R) to The Hill