Freedom Caucus Confirms Support For Revised Obamacare Replacement Bill

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Moments ago the House Freedom Caucus announced their support for a revised version of an Obamacare replacement bill that includes the so-called "MacArthur Amendment."  Here is the official statement from Freedom Caucus Chair Mark Meadows:

"Over the past couple of months, House conservatives have worked tirelessly to improve the American Health Care Act (AHCA) to make it better for the American people. Due to improvements to the AHCA and the addition of Rep. Tom MacArthur’s proposed amendment, the House Freedom Caucus has taken an official position in support of the current proposal.


The MacArthur amendment will grant states the ability to repeal cost driving aspects of Obamacare left in place under the original AHCA.  While the revised version still does not fully repeal Obamacare, we are prepared to support it to keep our promise to the American people to lower healthcare costs. We look forward to working with our Senate colleagues to improve the bill. Our work will continue until we fully repeal Obamacare.”


Mission statement of the House Freedom Caucus:


“The House Freedom Caucus gives a voice to countless Americans who feel that Washington does not represent them. We support open, accountable and limited government, the Constitution and the rule of law, and policies that promote the liberty, safety, and prosperity of all Americans.”


As we noted previously, the "MacArthur Amendment" (summarized here) effectively allows individual states to 'opt out' of certain Obamacare regulations which require minimum coverage and restrict the ability to insurers to charge varying rates based on an individual's health.

Of course, only time will tell if appealing to the more conservative wing of the Republican party will now result in defections of more centrist votes with the Associated Press noting that some 50 moderate Republicans are still uncertain or oppose the latest plan.

As John Boehnor said best, "Republicans have never, ever, not once agreed on what a healthcare bill should look like."

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Fiscal Smegma's picture

Now take away the freebies from the Muzzies and Illegals and it will be even better.


PrayingMantis's picture


... "Freedom Caucus Confirms Support For Revised Obamacare Replacement Bill"   (read: Koch Brothers Confirms Support For Revised Obamacare Replacement Bill).


Looney's picture


I kinda miss John Boehner. His tears were as genuine as a drunken man’s piss.

Chuck Schumer’s tears are more like a girly “Oh my gawd, I just peed my panties!”  ;-)


Troll Magnet's picture

Does anyone know what the fuck is in this bill?  Will they pass it and then tell us?

Fucking swamp.

Erek's picture

The Free-dumb Croak-ass!

NoDebt's picture

Perhaps I missed it but I don't see the word "repeal" in there anywhere.  Yet another entitlement that can never be withdrawn, only endlessly fiddled with around the margins.  

When the US goes down it will be because of some outside force because what's going on inside the country will never EVER change.


Erek's picture

Sure it will change -- for the worse.

a Smudge by any other name's picture

All they have to do is enforce title 15 USC and the whole problem goes poof! But none of them will do that because IT'S JUST SOCIALISTS FIGHTING MORE SOCIALISTS.

Never One Roach's picture

The new bill sounds great,......premiums rise only 90% per year instead of the outrageous 100%, and deducitbles drop from $5,000 to $4,999 !!

The FSA keeps getting free health care with all their pre-existing obesity, diabetes, triple-bypasses, etc covered at zero premiums and zero deductible.

Government employees (and Congress) stay on their Golden BCBC, taxpayer-funded health insurance.

So everyone's a winner!

ACES FULL's picture

"House conservatives have worked tirelessly "

Give me a fucking break, they dont know what work is.

Ghost of PartysOver's picture

House Freedom Caucus got what they could I suppose.  However Obamacare lives.  Not much has changed and now the Republicans own it and all the issues with it when it craps out in a few years.  The path has been set for Single Payer Government Healthcare.   No doubt to be just as effective as the Government Education Systems. 

GernB's picture

We already have government run heathcare. So, when the system fail and they blame everyone but government (who is arguably already responsible for nearly all of the current problems)  expect the single payer system that results to be just as "fair and equitable," as the VA.

mkkby's picture

Doesn't address cost, therefore a fail.

Providers can still refuse to quote you a price.  You must agree UP FRONT to pay any charge they wish, then wait for your SURPRISE at the end.  No consumer protections in health care. 

These abuses were removed from the auto repair business 4 decades ago.  They must quote you a price up front, and stick to it.

Without price discovery health care will continue to get more and more expensive.  Stay healthy or plan on flying to Japan or Switzerland for your operation.

simulkra's picture

Yr crazy. The auto reair business is run by working people. You can't expect the Pharma/Insurance lords to have to stick to a quote! That would impinge on their prerogative to screw you royally.

Hitlery_4_Dictator's picture

What happened to repeal and replace?

Madison's_Ghost's picture

What happend to repeal.....[you can stop there].

economessed's picture

What happened... [stop there].


What?   [even better still, and reflects current understanding, cognition, and appreciation of US "healthcare" economics]

mkkby's picture

It became rename and retreat. 

Without price transparency, health care costs will continue to escalate.  The industry will do anything it can to prevent competition.

GernB's picture

Addendum: George Soros, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Elon Musk, Mark Zukerburg, and Larry Ellison, will never support anyting that gives americans the ability to spend their own hard earned  dollars to give themselves more personal choice and freedom in their own peronal health care.

Erek's picture

Of course they won't. some of them are on The Commitee of 300.

Here's a list of members:

Check it out and the educate yourself on the One World Government / New World Order.

NugginFuts's picture

Great. They support TrumpCare, I support removing them from office. 

Erek's picture

Is this the same shit sandwich on new bread?

Ghost of PartysOver's picture

With a little kimchi to balance the shit taste.

Erek's picture

Is kimchi the reason why the North Koreans are on the rampage?

Ghost of PartysOver's picture

If you ever tried to eat that crap you would be on a rampage too.  It's barfolicious.

Erek's picture

It gave me the shits. And to think, my Korean associates eat that shit for breakfast. Geez!

Valuator's picture

That will at least bring down insurance premiums in exempted red States.

lester1's picture

Looks like a win for Trump.

Suck it liberals !!

youarelost's picture



same end result


crappy single payer

new game's picture

common sense says one thing, healthy people pay, then taxpayers...

brushhog's picture

I use Rand Paul as a barometer. If he likes it, it might be OK.

geno-econ's picture

I use Bernie Sanders as a Barometer.  If he likes it, it is OK

Jim in MN's picture

I upvoted both you guys. 

The center is where the immediate threat is.  Nuke it from all sides.

decentralisedscrutinizer's picture

Almost all the world’s economic and political problems revolve around the hegemony here in America of the global corporate cartel, which is only headquartered in the US because this is where their military arm resides. The only way to regain our (we People) sovereignty as a republic is to strictly curtail the priveledges of any corporation doing business here. The government must be reconfigured to represent the Middle Class if we are ever to restore sanity, much less prosperity. There will be no peace and prosperity in America until we, the good folk, drain the "swamp" created by the US Constitution. The "swamp" can't be drained at this point because the Constitution  does not contain a “drain plug". This is the kind of "plug" it needs. And it needs to be pulled ASAP:




28th Amendment


Corporations are not persons in any sense of the word and shall be granted only those rights and privileges that Congress deems necessary for the well-being of the People. Congress shall provide legislation defining the terms and conditions of corporate charters according to their purpose; which shall include, but are not limited to:


1, prohibitions against any corporation;


a, owning another corporation,


b, becoming economically indispensable or monopolistic, or


c, otherwise distorting the general economy;


2, prohibitions against any form of interference in the affairs of;


a, government,


b, education, or


c, news media, and


3, provisions for;


a, the auditing of standardized, current, and transparent account books, and


b, the establishment of a state and municipal-owned banking system


c, civil and criminal penalties to be suffered by corporate executives for violation of the terms of a corporate charter.




The biggest hurdle to convening an Article 5 convention will be to silence the 24/7 corporate media propaganda machine which will “guarantee” that a constitutional convention is the sure path to anarchy and chaos. There are so many issues that need addressing that it will be extremely difficult to focus on just one issue: draining the swamp; first and foremost. Just that one thing: get the idea of incorporating business enterprises (or political movements) out of our collective thought process. Incorporation is a subtle, inconspicuous little glitch in our collective philosophical evolution and, as appealing as it is to join groups and let them do your thinking, such groups immediately assume identities of their own and become eternal super-groups with their own agenda and more money than the sum of all members’ total investment. Corporations can’t even be controlled by their own executives; they’re “fictitious persons”, legally, morally, and tangibly. Yes, corporations are comprised of good, church-going, honest, people, while the corporations they belong to, work for, administer, or own, go about the planet (and at home) committing genocide, or worse. You can spend a lifetime fighting legal injustice, global warming, illegal immigration, racial disparity, Democrats, Republicans, Joos, globalization, and bathroom assignments, but nothing is going to change so long as corporate media has your brain in a bottle. If nothing else or until a better organizational plan comes along; try whispering in your neighbor’s ear: “Article 5 Amendment 28. Article 5 Amendment 28. Article 5 Amendment 28” until we all understand what’s necessary and act in unison when opportunity presents….


Erek's picture

Nice thesis - never happen, unfortunately. Shadow gov et al is too big. Getting rid of The Commitee of 300 its associated think-tanks would be a good start.

decentralisedscrutinizer's picture


You’re probably right. But what are the options? Accept our fate and bend over?




It’s long been my theory that autonomous systems like the “Beast” we alternately refer to as the “1%” , The “elite”, the “MIC”, “Wall Street” or “Deep State” continuously steamrolls over sovereign nations, whole generations of princes and peasants, plus any political movements brought forth to challenge it for the past 200 years because it doesn’t proclaim itself: “I/WE are your masters! You will obey anybody wearing this badge, uniform, crest, banner, logo, secret handshake, etc” Seriously, do we know who they are or how they get on that list. No, they don’t know who they are. It’s just an anonymous “they” with an unwritten code. It’s a system. And an absurdly stupid system that doesn’t even know when it’s killing itself. I believe the only way to change such a system is to take control of the culture that supports it by simply talking to each other without waving any banners, badges, logos, or crests and not organizing any such entity as would want such banners, logos, or crests. The “system” we know is totally blind to anything that it can’t identify by flag, banner, logo or badge. That’s why the “insiders” didn’t see Trump coming, didn’t foresee Brexit, and are only slowly coming to terms with Frexit. I don’t think “we-the-peeps” should organize or DO anything; just knowing how it works is enough to end it. We have a much better chance of laughing it off than confronting it. Just as corporate philosophy has ratcheted its way into cultural dominance over time it can be worn down (eroded) by millions of disrespectful little jokes and insults over time. We know what’s going on, just pass it on. Truth has a way of floating to the top no matter how turbulent the teacup. No serious adult is going to listen to network news entertainment and take what they say as truth anymore. That’s already happening. Our collective world view has already changed. I believe we’ll eventually gain the confidence to hold another Constitutional Convention. Don’t do it now. Just talk it up! How can we improve the wording of what I have so far? Eliminate any ambiguity. That’s what I’m doing here now. I put a lot of thought into my 28th amendment; all I ask is for ya’ll to think about before you tell me how impossible it is. It’s getting possibler and possibler every day. Keep posting the Federalist Papers etc. Educate each other. That’s how our Founders did it. Patience.


WinstonSmith1984's picture

So when is the vote?

ultraticum's picture

Beware of the "Freedom Caucus" name.  Yes, they are more conservative/libertarian than the run-of-the-mill Statist Authoritarian Repugnicon, but just like the "Patriot" Act has nothing patriotic about it, soon enough there won't be much "Freedom" coming out of the "Freedom Caucus".

Thomas Massie is the ONLY member of congress with a 100% score on the Freedom Index (New American magazine). 

The rest, I fear, are easily corrupted.

new game's picture

dark mater formed as merger of state and corp have their input in all output.

this consortium will never produce something for the people by the people.

cart blanch fuked til major changes evolve, which will only happen out of chaos...

any other thinking is wish/think hopey bullshit.

whatamaroon's picture

What's not noted is Congress and their staffers are still exempt from obamacare.

Soul Glow's picture

Oh good moar flip flopping.

Duc888's picture



Not gonna make any difference until you put price controls on Big Pharma.

Andre's picture

"...We look forward to working with our Senate colleagues to improve the bill. Our work will continue until we fully repeal Obamacare.”

 In other words, they  are going to re-brand this disaster, call it good, and keep fucking we the people. "Freedom" my ass.

acheron2016's picture

Doesn't sound much like REPEAL to me.  But what do I know.

bogdan11's picture

Now they have the support of Freedom Caucus but they lost votes from the Central Conservative Group. Stick a fork in it, the Dems will vote it down and the Conservative don't have the required votes to pass it.

SMC's picture

WTF - Nothing about removing the mandate/penalty tax in the summary.

Death is preferable to life under Obummercare.

Trucker Glock's picture

Sweet.  Then Dems can change it again in 2020.  Fucking churn drives costs.

Freedom Caucus?  Laughable. 

ClowardPiven2016's picture

Blankfein Dimon 2020


Let's stop kidding ourselves


aztrader's picture

When are these fools going to do the right thing and expose the medical profession and their minions running a corrupt monopoly to fix prices?  Nothing matters until we have price competition in drugs and services that will force prices down.   Sounds like they bent over like little bitches to their masters and we the citizens take it in the ass financially.

All these promises that were made and nothing but half baked BS.  Should we be surprised?