House GOP leadership released the text of their plan to repeal and replace Obamacare last week, and they got quite a bit of pushback on their own side of the aisle. With a less-than-stellar CBO report yesterday, more Republicans are expected to run for the hills. Here's a running list of conservative organizations and congresspeople across speaking out against the American Health Care Act.
- Americans for Prosperity/Freedom Partners: "It is Obamacare 2.0"
- Cato Institute: "This bill is a train wreck waiting to happen."
- Club for Growth: "The problems with this bill are not just what's in it, but also what's missing..."
- FreedomWorks: "This is ObamaCare-lite."
- Heritage Action for America: "That is bad politics and, more importantly, bad policy."
- House Freedom Caucus: "There is no reason Republicans should send less on Obamacare repeal to President Trump's desk than they sent to Obama's."
- Republican Study Committee: "This is a Republican welfare entitlement."
- Tea Party Patriots: "The bill that House Republicans released last night does not fully repeal Obamacare."
- Rep. Justin Amash (MI): "Obamacare 2.0"
- Rep. Mark Amodei (NV): "Not a great start."
- Sen. Roy Blunt (MO): "This bill's likely to change..."
- Rep. Dave Brat (VA): "Now [they] are saying we're going to do repeal and replace but the bill does nothing of the sort."
- Rep. Jim Bridenstine (OK): "This bill will not accomplish that objective."
- Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (WV), Sen. Cory Gardner (CO), Sen. Lisa Murkowski (AK), and Sen. Rob Portman (OH): "We will not support a plan that does not include stability for Medicaid expansion populations or flexibility for states."
- Sen. Bill Cassidy (LA): "[The CBO score is] awful. It has to be a concern."
- Sen. Susan Collins (ME): "I want us to slow down to take more time to be sure we get this right."
- Sen. Tom Cotton (AR): "House health-care bill can't pass Senate w/o major changes. To my friends in House: pause, start over. Get it right, don't get it fast."
- Sen. Ted Cruz (TX): "As drafted, I do not believe this bill would pass the United States Senate."
- Sen. Steve Daines (MT): "We need to do better."
- Rep. Tom Garrett (VA): "This is simply too important to rush through."
- Sen. Lindsey Graham (SC): "Slow down."
- Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX): "You're creating another entitlement program."
- Rep. Paul Gosar (AZ): "You transplant a bad bill with a bad bill, it's still a bad bill."
- Sen. Dean Heller (NV): "Not everything in the Affordable Care Act is bad."
- Rep. Darrell Issa (CA): "I think we can do better."
- Rep. Walter Jones (NC): "It's all moving too fast in my opinion."
- Rep. Jim Jordan (OH): "This is Obamacare by a different form."
- Rep. Raúl Labrador (ID): "This bill is not it."
- Rep. Leonard Lance (NJ): "I do not want to vote on a bill that has no chance of passing over in the Senate."
- Sen. Tom Lankford (OK): "If we don't get some things right, this should not move."
- Sen. Mike Lee (UT): "This is not the Obamacare repeal bill we've been waiting for."
- Rep. Thomas Massie (KY): "It's a stinking pile of garbage."
- Sen. John McCain (AZ): "I'm very worried about what the House bill would do to Arizona."
- Rep. Mark Meadows (NC): "If leadership insists on replacing Obamacare with Obamacare-lite, no repeal will pass."
- Sen. Rand Paul (KY): "The House leadership plan is Obamacare Lite. It will not pass. Conservatives are not going to take it."
- Sen. David Perdue (GA): "Slow down" and "get this right."
- Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL): "I plan to vote NO on the current AHCA bill."
- Rep. Mark Sanford (SC): "Do we need to lower the bar in what we believe as conservatives simply because a Republican is now in the White House?"
- Sen. Marco Rubio (FL): "It's not 100% of what I would want."
- Sen. Pat Toomey (PA): "This is not the final product."
- Sen. John Thune (SD): "I think there's got to be an opportunity for the Senate to be heard on this."
- Rep. Rob Wittman (VA): "This bill is not the right answer."
- Rep. Ted Yoho (FL): "I could not support the bill as it is right now."
A big one: Breitbart, which has posted a series of scathing articles agains AHCA, went all in on Paul Ryan: "This is the first major initiative that Trump has worked on with Ryan — and the fact it is going so poorly calls into question whether Speaker Ryan, the GOP's failed 2012 vice presidential nominee who barely supported Trump at all in 2016, really understands how Trump won and how to win in general."
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Editor's Note: This was first published on March 7, and has been updated to include recent additions to the list.