Republicans Consider New Obamacare Vote On Friday

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Just an hour after Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows publicly announced that his conservative wing of the Republican party will now support a revised Obamacare replacement bill which incorporates the so-called MacArthur Amendment, Axios, quoting Republican Study Committee Chairman Mark Walker, is reporting that a new vote could be called for as early as this Friday.

A Friday health care vote isn't "outside the realm," Republican Study Committee Chairman Mark Walker told Axios, adding that people are discussing a Friday vote and things are "even trending that direction."


"Most of them like what they see, so we're considering to grow the vote, and when we're ready, we'll move," said House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.

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.



And here is the official statement released by the Freedom Caucus earlier:

"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.”

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 within the party as we noted before that some 50 moderate Republicans are still uncertain or oppose the latest plan.

Of course, given that the previous healthcare vote resulted in a complete embarrassment for the new Trump administration we're certain Paul Ryan will want to make absolutely sure he has the required votes before the process begins.

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

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hedgeless_horseman's picture


...we are prepared to support it to keep our promise to the American people to lower healthcare costs. 

Idiots.  This is another health insurance bill, not a healthcare bill.

Obamacare has already been a YUGE success, getting debt slaves accustomed to high deductibles and high co-insurance.  Most Americans don't have the money to pay the $10,000 deductible, and then 30% coinsurance after that, each year, so the insurance company NEVER has to pay out a penny.  They just receive the monthly premiums which we are now required by law to pay to them under threat of imprisonment.

As I have said all along, Obamacare gurantees profits and eliminates competition for the big insurance companies that wrote the bill, just like the Federal Reserve Act did for big banks in 1913.

Trumpcare is NOT going to change that.

Want to know how to manage in this chaos?  

Come listen to my presentation this June in Marfa...

Iconoclast421's picture



Veto everything until the money for the wall comes in.

Laddie's picture

The Trump Team is KOSHER, they will NOT DO A DAMN thing to save the Whites. In fact they want Whites GONE.
This was written in March but there were still some of us thinking Trump was going to do what he said:

No Campus (Or Country) for White Men

In any case, I am pleased that Timothy Rohrer’s review of No Campus for White Men directed our attention to this issue. On one level, we can roll our eyes upon hearing of the latest nonsense going on at some university or other, but on too many other levels, this process of White dispossession is deadly serious. Universities provide instruction that leads to important jobs and prepares the next generation for leadership of the culture and the country. The campus War on White Men, I am convinced, is but a prelude to the real war — the coming attempt at the extermination of the White race — a “hot” war, as opposed to the current “cool” gradual swamping of Whites via immigration, destruction of White families, etc.

This is deadly serious stuff, as I said, so we had best face the problem directly. Oddly, I’ve had this impression since Trump’s election that Alt Right sites that normally emphasize the Jewish Question have pulled back from discussing it, possibly in an attempt to gain “respectability” for the new administration and its Alt Right supporters. Now that the thrill of the Trump victory turns into the grueling reality of politics as usual, however, let’s hope that these sites return to writing about The Jewish Problem bluntly and honestly. Without a grim determination to face the issue, successful responses are not likely to appear on their own.

In closing, I’ll share an impression I had upon hearing the title No Campus for White Men. Some years ago I wrote about Cormac McCarthy’s bleak novel No Country for Old Men, and wove it into an account of the decline of America in step with the decline of Whites. I concluded that our situation could just as easily read No Country for White Men. A fortiori, this is true of the new book No Campus for White Men.

LetThemEatRand's picture

Typical Washington solution.  Don't really fix the problem, but make sure both sides can blame the other for the inevitable disaster.  If this passes, Blue Team blames Trump for "ruining" Obamacare, and Red Team can still blame Obama for creating the system they are "tweaking."  Cue endless debate about whose fault it is instead of how to really fix it.

economessed's picture

There was once a time when the MacArthur plan represented the might and greatness of America.  I suspect that the modern-day "Tom MacArthur Plan" is just a lot of ass-fcukery of taxpayers designed to transfer wealth through taxation to pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers.

Monico Sailer's picture

This is not going to end well.  That is from an outsider looking in. I sadly think that a lot of elderly and sick people who were relying on the Obama promises will fall flat on their sick faces. Really sad if you ask me. 

RawPawg's picture

under that 100 Day deadline

Not Surprised

Fiat Burner's picture

Fuck off until the individual can opt out.

fbazzrea's picture

without some form of retribution

highwaytoserfdom's picture

Paul Ryan  made visit to CVS Caremark to support the Romney/Obama  DNC/RNC plan to bankrupt the country


Big money  when you look at the drug deaths, legal illegal, asset seize, Poppy coca funding.   This is 17% sickness triage, can't put a number on police and terror funding..       This Regime profiteering has to stop...     we are talented enough to replace those 9m MIC jobs.      Trust bust the cartels...   


Underground's picture

Horrible people. I think they should write it so Congress has to purchase a bronze plan like the rest of us. We the people are paying for their incredible health coverage and they are not subject to the extortion of fines and imprisonment. Why are we to this point in America history? It's a sad day folks... We the people have been asleep, drunk and drugged out. This is the result of those fucking sad ass facts.

Consuelo's picture



Unless there is 'universal' repeal of the individual mandate at the Federal level, it is all meaningless.

VWAndy's picture

 Why would the Rs do anything. Just let it blow up in the socialists faces. Everyone knew it couldnt fly going in.

  Folks they are yankin our chain.

Longus Dongus's picture

Ha ha, sure they're gonna repeal the buy shitty health insurance or get fined bill that took them forty years to get passed. Republicans love the individual mandate as much or more than the democrats. The giant "make the insurance companies richer bill" lobbyists own the republicans too.

Wigglesworth's picture

Another week of winning for the swamp.

swmnguy's picture

Whoop-de-doo, I almost hope they do pass this flaming bundle of poo.

As HH points out at the top of the thread, this bill has next to nothing to do with healthcare.  It's all about bailing out the insurance companies, whose product now costs more than a critical mass of Americans and their employers can afford to pay.  They're bickering over whose palms gets greased how thickly by whom, that's all.

The McArthur amendment appears to address the cost problem by allowing the sale of insurance that doesn't actually cover anything, at a lower cost.

That's just freaking great, right?

Regardless of what happens, the Individual health insurance market is going to collapse, and soon.  The insurance companies don't want that sector of the market, at all.  They want to keep writing large-group employer policies.  All the proposals currently on the table do nothing to change the fact it will soon be impossible to buy a policy on the individual market that covers anything, at a cost anyone can pay.

So go ahead, dump all those people.  Including me.  The only solution is to allow people to buy in to Medicare, if they aren't getting coverage through an employer.

SRV's picture

Then the answer is glaringly obvious... put all the rest in a single pay system.

Either through a single insurance provider (w/ a bidding process) or Medicade... but "Resistance!"

aloha_snakbar's picture

Good Lord... who cares. I have already opted out, no health care, no fines, nothing. Dont like it, .gov? Send someone from the IRS to threaten me. I dare you...