O-Care Repeal, Take 2: Meadows, Budd bless it; Jones still a NO

The GOP-dominated US House passed a repeal-and-replace measure on ObamaCare today.  Twenty Republicans were NOs.  Most of them were RINOs from The left-of-center Tuesday Club.  But Kentucky’s Thomas Massie and our very own Walter Jones were part of the NO crowd, as well.

North Carolinians Mark Meadows and Ted Budd decided to go along with this particular version.  The conservative Club for Growth also gave its blessing to the bill.  Here is a comparison The Club did of the original repeal-and-replace bill that died on the vine and THIS ONE:

This latest version was a baby step in the right direction.  But it is STILL amazingly weak and limp-wristed for a GOP-controlled government with a mandate to KILL THIS going back to 2010.

High-fiving, doing a victory lap and going back to business-as-usual is a big no-no here for the GOP. There is a hell of a lot more work to do.

There are plenty of people around who can still remember the days when doctors made house calls and you could actually afford to pay medical bills out-of-pocket.

SOMETHING caused health care costs to explode within a generation.  It’s bureaucracy.  It’s government.  It’s the statist, authoritarian “we-know-what’s-best-for-you” mentality.  

I have a friend who is a practicing physician.  For HIS practice alone, he employs three people who do nothing but push paper all day — interacting with regulators and insurance companies.  They don’t do a thing in terms of helping him treat patients.  But he HAS to have them in order to stay IN compliance and IN business.

We put the party allegedly against all that in charge.  They need to PUT UP and finish the job, or SHUT UP and go away.  

7 comments for “O-Care Repeal, Take 2: Meadows, Budd bless it; Jones still a NO

  1. Toxhandler
    May 4, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    Spot on. Repealing 2 percent of Obamacare is not repealing Obamacare.

  2. Doug
    May 5, 2017 at 9:19 am

    This is the best news since 2009 for our country. We need to take more steps to get government out of healthcare so that we can get to free market concepts. The only thing government has done is make healthcare more expensive, lower quality, and more limited than it would have been otherwise…..but that is what government does any time it gets involved.

  3. May 5, 2017 at 10:56 am

    So, follow the red dot on the wall…..

    Yesterday – House passes HHCA which some consider “not enough”. But Republicans and the American people should just wait until the planets are in alignment and the Red Sea parts to move on fixing the “Obamatax”? Among other positives they stripped funding for Planned Parenthood. Can’t have it all,… that’s not realistic.

    Today – Great news! US unemployment drops to 10-year low of 4.4 percent in April as employers add 211,000 jobs, Labor Dept. announces.

    Tomorrow – ??? I don’t know either but the Senate bill won’t remotely resemble the House bill.

    We have a leader in this POTUS that is engaged, has his sleeves rolled up and is looking way ahead of most. That spawns confidence.

    • Toxhandler
      May 5, 2017 at 10:04 pm

      All I need to know is that Ryan and company had no problem dropping a full-blown repeal on the White House numerous times…until a new occupant moved in.

  4. JBP
    May 5, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    The NOs reflect the American Citizen’s preference. Only 17% like the bill the GOP House passed.
    It is the Yes votes who are out of touch.

    • john steed
      May 5, 2017 at 8:33 pm

      The far left likes Obama’s fascist approach to medicine, while sensible people including conservatives did not think Ryan’s second effort went far enough to unchain America from Obamacare. That leaves few in the middle. I am one who does not like the bill because it leaves far too much of Obama’s crap intact.

      The Obama regime was much more prone to use the classic economic principles of fascism in its programs than of socialism. They rejected free enterprise completely.

  5. Jim Cohen
    May 6, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    This is nothing more than retain and re-name.
    It appears the GOP likes big gov too.
    Proud of Jones and his no vote, and am wondering what hey promised Meadows.

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