Senate Conservatives aren’t Happy with the Senate Healthcare Bill

To say that Senate conservatives are “unhappy” with the Senate’s first version of their new healthcare bill, would probably be a bit of an understatement. However, it doesn’t seem like we should be without hope of a new bill passing.

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) told MSNBC that the “current draft doesn’t get the job done… but there is an agreement to be reached.”

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Cruz is often seen as the most unbending member of the conservative caucus in the Senate, but the truth is that he has flexed far more often than a few of his more congenial counterparts (like Mike Lee, Ben Sasse, and Rand Paul). There is likely a deal to be made that could get Senator Cruz to sign on to the health bill, but Senators Lee, Sasse, and Paul will be far more difficult sells.

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In fact, while Senator Cruz was optimistic for a deal, Senator Paul seemed resigned to the idea that we’d be stuck with Obamacare forever.

Later in the day, Senator Paul told CBS News that there were at least 4 Republican no votes for the current Senate bill.

Paul also made an appearance on Fox News to explain why he was so adamantly opposed to the current bill.

I keep reading this and it sounds like Obamacare — not even Obamacare-lite. It might even be Obamacare-plus on the subsidies side. We can’t have a bill that spends more than Obamacare in the first couple years and call that a repeal bill…

We have to have sufficient confidence in capitalism, competition, and free markets. And I don’t think we do. I think we’re replacing them with little Obamacares. We don’t really believe the market will work, because what we’re doing is: The death spirals we’ve talked about so much. We’re just dumping a bunch of money into the individual markets and saying the prices will be lower.

You know what else we could do that with? New cars. Why don’t we have a new car stabilization fund? Or a college stabilization fund? Or an iPhone stabilization fund. Those would not be Republican ideas, and they would be laughed out of Congress.

The same should happen for a stabilization fund where we dump taxpayer dollars into insurance company’s coffers, who are already making billions per year.

On CNN Paul repeated many of the same themes:

My opposition has been principled. In the sense that I think the marketplace works better. I think freedom works better than coercion.

I think the federal government shouldn’t be giving any money to insurance companies. The insurance companies made $15 billion in profits last year. The new Republican bill will give them $110 billion to ‘bring down prices.’ That is a ludicrous economic theory.

We’re going to subsidize the cost to bring it down — we’re ignoring the fact that our annual budget is $500 billion in debt. How are we going to pay for all this new spending?

So yea… the conservatives are not excited about this bill.

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