Last week the GOP attempted to pass a flawed health care bill. Thankfully, through the work of conservative lawmakers, that attempt was stopped.
This week, the Washington “blame game” was in full swing with conservatives bearing the brunt of the onslaught.
Heritage President Jim DeMint along with Heritage Founder Ed Feulner wrote this piece in the Wall Street Journal as a rebuttal to these accusations.
Your editorial “The ObamaCare Republicans” (March 25) does its best to blame conservatives—and absolve GOP leaders—for the defeat of their health care bill. We believe that a sober policy analysis of the bill reveals this was not an incremental improvement, but rather a step in the wrong direction.
Its biggest misstep was its failure to deal with ObamaCare’s tangled web of regulations that is responsible for 68% of the health-care premium increases for many Americans.
You can read the rest of the article by clicking here.
The basic problem with the AHCA was that it essentially reversed the necessary sequence by focusing primarily on the “replace” elements and secondarily on the “repeal” elements.
Thus, the AHCA ended up including some good, conservative “replace” policies, such as the reform of federal Medicaid funding, but did not succeed in dismantling Obamacare’s regulatory architecture and bringing down premiums.
In particular, the AHCA did not repeal Obamacare’s federal benefit mandates on private insurance. Leaving Obamacare’s federal benefit mandates on the books not only makes current premiums more expensive, but also keeps in place the infrastructure for a future Administration to expand the scope and detail of those mandates through new regulatory interpretations and for special interest lobbying of Congress to add more benefit mandates.
Another major cause of increased premiums is that Obamacare effectively allows people to wait until they need medical care before buying health insurance. This is because Obamacare lacks sensible rules on pre-existing condition exclusions and instead relies on an ineffective mandate penalty to get healthy people to buy overpriced coverage.
In order to bring down premiums and stabilize the individual insurance market, Congress needs to make the ban on pre-existing condition exclusions contingent upon individuals maintaining continuous coverage–the same rules that Congress established for employer-group coverage fifteen years before Obamacare.
You can watch this short video below highlighting the failed vote attempt last week and why conservatives would not support it.
Why do you think House leadership is proposing a health care plan that doesn’t truly repeal Obamacare?