On Friday, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) tweeted out exactly what we have been reporting about the Graham-Cassidy deception that has been labeled as a repeal of Obamacare.

"No one is more opposed to Obamacare than I am, and I've voted multiple times for repeal," the Kentucky senator tweeted.  "The current bill isn't repeal."

"I won't vote for Obamacare Lite that keeps 90% of the taxes & spending just so some people can claim credit for something that didn't happen," he added.

"Calling a bill that KEEPS most of Obamacare "repeal" doesn't make it true," Paul added.  "That's what the swamp does. I won't be bribed or bullied."

Stop and let that sink in for a minute and ask yourself who has been telling the American people that actual "repeal bills" have been advanced by Congress and the White House when they have not been that.

Yet, President Donald Trump, thinks that Paul may find a way to get it there.

"I know Rand Paul and I think he may find a way to get there for the good of the Party," Trump tweeted on Saturday.

Perhaps President Trump didn't want to go with Paul's reintroduction of a bill that he put forward in March 2017, just after Trump took office that was the very legislation to repeal the major components of Obamacare that was passed by Congress and sent to Barack Hussein Obama Soetoro Soebarkah's desk in January 2016.

The bill is S. 554, the Obamacare Repeal Act.

Among the items in the bill are the following:

  • Repeals the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF), which gives $2 billion a year to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to spend however they like. The PPHF has also been called the “Obamacare Slush Fund.”
  • Eliminates the penalties associated with Obamacare’s individual and employer mandates to purchase health coverage, effectively ending the mandates.
  • Repeals the Medical Device Tax beginning in 2018.
  • Repeals the Cadillac Tax in 2020, stopping it from going into effect.
  • Prevents the HHS Secretary from making payments under Obamacare’s reinsurance program, which is one of the ways the law has provided a bailout to insurance companies.
  • Repeals Obamacare’s Premium Tax Credits and Cost-Sharing Subsidies, effective after 2019.
  • Repeals Obamacare’s Penalties on Health Savings Accounts – Obamacare placed new limits and restrictions on contributions to HSAs, MSAs, HRAs, and FSAs. It also restricted the allowable expenses for which a consumer can use these accounts.
  • Repeals Other Obamacare Taxes – Includes repeals of the health insurance tax (HIT), the annual fee on manufacture and import of pharmaceuticals, the Medicare surtax, excise tax on indoor tanning, net investment tax, remuneration, and economic substance doctrine. It would also restore the medical expenses deduction.
  • Eliminates eligibility for the Medicaid expansion as of 2020 and the associated enhanced federal matching rate. The bill would also repeal the Medicaid disproportionate share hospital reductions.

“The Republican Party is unified on Obamacare repeal,” said Dr. Paul. “We can honor our promise right away by passing the same language we acted on in the last Congress. Then, we can have a separate vote on replacement legislation that will deliver lower costs, better care, and greater access to the American people.”

We heard nothing.  We've heard nothing from the Trump administration concerning a two full repeal bills that have been introduced.

One was HR 175, The Repeal Obamacare Act, was introduced by Rep. Steve King (R-IA).  The bill repeals the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, effective as of their enactment. Provisions of law amended by those Acts are restored.

Here's the entire text of the bill:

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the “ObamaCare Repeal Act”.

SEC. 2. REPEAL OF THE PATIENT PROTECTION AND AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND THE HEALTH CARE AND EDUCATION RECONCILIATION ACT OF 2010.

(a) Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act.—Effective as of the enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111–148), such Act is repealed, and the provisions of law amended or repealed by such Act are restored or revived as if such Act had not been enacted.

(b) Health Care And Education Reconciliation Act Of 2010.—Effective as of the enactment of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (Public Law 111–152), such Act is repealed, and the provisions of law amended or repealed by such Act are restored or revived as if such Act had not been enacted.

Did we hear anything about that?  Nope.  What about Representative Mo Brooks of Alabama, a member of the Freedom Caucus, introducing his "Obamacare Repeal Act," which was even more simple and straightforward than King's.

“Effective as of Dec. 31, 2017, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is repealed, and the provisions of law amended or repealed by such Act are restored or revived as if such Act had not been enacted.”

However, concerning John McCain's unwillingness to vote for Graham-Cassidy, Trump blasted the Arizona senator in a tweet.

"John McCain never had any intention of voting for this Bill, which his Governor loves," Trump tweeted.  "He campaigned on Repeal & Replace. Let Arizona down!"

So, did you Mr. President, and so far we've not seen an actual repeal bill be put forward nor championed by the White House.

Every bill that Trump has championed and advanced have not been actual repeal Obamacare bills.

They have been swipes at limbs of the Obamacare tree or Obamacare Lite or Obamacare 2.0, but they have not been repeal bills.

I pointed to actual repeal bills above.  Neither of those were mentioned by the White House.

Trump then added, "Arizona had a 116% increase in ObamaCare premiums last year, with deductibles very high. Chuck Schumer sold John McCain a bill of goods. Sad."

I'm pretty sure, President Trump got sold a bill of goods recently by Senator Schumer too, which he then turned and dumped on the American people.  Remember the debt ceiling deal?

However, Trump was not done.

He then pushed the idea of block grants to states in the Graham-Cassidy bill.

"Large Block Grants to States is a good thing to do," Trump tweeted.  "Better control & management. Great for Arizona. McCain let his best friend L.G. down!"

Ahhh, yes, this is the very Socialism that Trump denounced at the United Nations.  It's taking money from some people to give to others to prop up government "control and management."

Republicans have 52 seats in the Senate and need 50 senators to support Graham-Cassidy, in order to get Vice President Mike Pence to award a tie-breaking vote for the bill in order to avoid a filibuster by Democrats.

The reality is that none of this is a repeal of Obamacare.  Suzanne Hamner hit the nail on the head when she reported on Graham-Cassidy in two articles, which you can read here and here, when she said that it is "a Republican plan for destruction, not a Democrat one."

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