- Shane Savitsky
- Mar 14
Full list: the conservatives against Trumpcare
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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."
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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.