March 23, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging House Speaker Paul Ryan to take a more expansive view of what can be done to repeal and replace Obamacare under budget reconciliation:
“Sen. Mike Lee did an unusual thing in Washington, D.C. He checked the reconciliation assumptions around the health care debate by going directly to the Senate parliamentarian. Stunningly, Sen. Lee discovered the fundamental premise of the Ryancare legislation that insurance regulation could not be overturned is false. This revelation leads to only one legislative conclusion. Ryancare falls far short of what can be done even under a restrictive view of reconciliation, and should be sent back to the drawing board.
“Many Americans have been questioning how Ryan could not have a plan in place to repeal and replace Obamacare that was fully vetted. The only conclusion is that Ryancare is the result of false assumptions and not doing your homework. The House of Representatives should have never attempted to construct legislation based upon mere assumptions of what Senate rules might allow, and instead, should craft a health care law that meets the needs the needs of the free market, respects states and makes health care accessible and affordable to all Americans.”
“Mike Lee: Senate parliamentarian told me it’s possible to push harder on repealing Obamacare regulations,” By Philip Klein, March 22, 2017 at http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/article/2618154
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