Republicans derailed health care rewrite

Posted: Apr. 18, 2017 12:00 pm

To The Herald-Whig:

In response to Mr. Mussetter's letter to the editor published April 4: The Democrats celebrated the American Health Care Act's defeat, but they were not the party that was responsible for the president's health care defeat.

Mr. Mussetter should look up the House Freedom Caucus. It is a congressional caucus consisting of conservative and libertarian Republican members of the United States House of Representatives. That's right, Republican members of the Freedom Caucus pulled their support for the bill. Without their support, the bill didn't even go up for a vote.

The president blamed the Democrats for the bill's defeat, but everyone knew the Democrats wouldn't support a bill that would repeal the Affordable Care Act. Health care experts across the country, as well as the Congressional Budget Office, told Congress the bill wouldn't work, and the Democrats as well as the Republican Freedom Caucus agreed.

Everyone knows the Affordable Care Act isn't perfect, but to replace it with another health care law that is worse is not the answer.

Roger Huntley


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