4 Republican senators just rebelled against the plan to repeal Obamacare

Four members of the Senate Republican Caucus are already rebelling against their party’s Obamacare replacement proposal.

Shelley Moore Capito (R-West Virginia), Cory Gardner (R-Colorado), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) are all blasting the GOP’s plan to replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s expansion of state Medicaid programs.

Normally, under Obamacare, anyone who makes an income amounting to 138 percent or less of the federal poverty level qualifies for Medicaid in their state. This provision has resulted in approximately 11 million more Americans qualifying for health insurance.

If Medicaid expansion were repealed, Harvard Medical School lecturers David Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler wrote in the Washington Post that as many as 43,000 people per year would die as a result of not being able to qualify for health insurance. Himmelstein and Woolhandler base their numbers on data compiled by the New England Journal of Medicine.

“While we support efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and make structural reforms to the Medicaid program, we are concerned that the February 10th draft proposal from the House of Representatives does not provide stability and certainty for individuals and families in Medicaid expansion programs or the necessary flexibility for states,” wrote the dissenting senators in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) obtained by Mother Jones.

The GOP Obamacare replacement bill was originally kept secret. Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) live-tweeted his expedition last week to try and find a copy of the GOP’s answer to Obamacare, which he discovered was “under lock and key.”

 

Jamie Green is a contributor for the Resistance Report covering the Trump administration, and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.