GOP right: Where’s O-Care bill?

by Russell Berman - The Hill
April 16, 2014

Top House conservatives are pressuring Republican leaders to bring an ObamaCare replacement bill to a vote by the August recess.

Conservatives cheered when Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) pledged a vote during the House GOP’s annual retreat in January, viewing the commitment as a central element of the party’s vow to be “the alternative party” and not merely stand in opposition to President Obama.

Yet 10 weeks later, party leaders have given no indication when they might present a plan or what form it will take.

Conservatives like Rep. Steve Scalise (La.), chairman of the Republican Study Committee (RSC), are pushing for a vote by the time lawmakers leave town for five weeks at the end of July.

“At the end of the day, we feel it’s really important to bring a bill to the floor that is a true replacement to the president’s healthcare law,” Scalise said in a phone interview Tuesday. “Look, leadership’s come a long way in the last six months on that, and we’re continuing to talk to them to try to get to a point where we actually have a vote on the House floor by the August recess.”

Scalise wants the party to adopt a single, comprehensive replacement for ObamaCare, but party leaders have not signed off on that approach. In recent weeks, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has suggested the House might vote instead on a series of healthcare bills.

7 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • king David II says:

    As if Obama and his crew have not made things bad enough these political jockeys add to it instead of solving the problem, folks, it is no longer “for the American people and America” it is ALL about “the party”, make no mistake about this. 2014 & 2016 (if America is not under full Obama dictatorship) is a very crucial time for America, be careful and be certain who you vote for. I strongly suggest WE vote for conservative people to Congress, but, which ever way YOU vote, please be sure to vote or the ballot stuffers will give America another Obama, and America cannot afford this.

  • Vince says:

    Just goes to show u nit much difference between the parties How dysfunctional and inept can they be. Really really sad that these incompetents are running the country Time to clean house and put as many constitutionalist in office I can t do another four to eight years I really can’t

  • Psyguy says:

    Republican Leadership? If that isn’t an oxymoron, I don’t know what is.

  • Charles90210 says:

    Alternative Medicine?

  • I Seigel says:

    We’ve waited years for a Republican plan. We can wait a few more months, I guess. Other than privatizing Medicare, we haven’t really heard any new ideas from them for, what, 10 years now? We’ve heard “Repeal & Replace Obamacare”, but replace with WHAT? Stay tuned, details will be released….. someday.

    1. king David II says:

      The longer the republicans wait the more obamacare will be entrenched and harder to remove or replace. I say remove it and send the “uninsured” to Medicare or Medicade using an income means test for qualification for coverage…..and those who do not want health coverage, that is their problem….not America’s.

  • 1commonjoe says:

    Replace obamacare !

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