Cruz, Lee, Paul demand 'full repeal' of ObamaCare

Cruz, Lee, Paul demand 'full repeal' of ObamaCare
© Greg Nash

Three GOP senators are adding an extra hurdle to the looming fight over nixing the Affordable Care Act, arguing they want a "full repeal" of ObamaCare. 

Sens. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulRand Paul ‘concerned’ about Kavanaugh Rand Paul on Russia indictments: We should focus on protecting elections instead of 'witch hunt on the president' Sunday shows preview: Trump readies for meeting with Putin MORE (Ky.), Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe Memo: Trump leaves chaos in his wake in UK Beto O'Rourke is dominating Ted Cruz in enthusiasm and fundraising — but he's still headed for defeat GOP senators introduce resolution endorsing ICE MORE (Texas) and Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeGOP moderates hint at smooth confirmation ahead for Kavanaugh GOP senators introduce resolution endorsing ICE GOP senator moves to restart Pentagon report on NATO allies' spending MORE (Utah) each pointed to the Senate's 2015 repeal bill as the "bare minimum" for the 2017 repeal legislation.

"2 yrs ago, the GOP Congress voted to repeal Obamacare. That 2015 repeal language should be the floor, the bare minimum," they each tweeted, along with the hashtag "FullRepeal."

 

 

The tweets come after the conservative House Freedom Caucus voted to oppose an ObamaCare repeal bill if it does not go as far as the repeal measure that passed in 2015.

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Conservatives have been pushing for the 2015 repeal bill, which kills the core elements of the law including its subsidies, taxes, mandates and Medicaid expansion, to be brought up again. 
Paul — who has warned about only partially repealing the Affordable Care Act — went further, adding on Twitter that GOP lawmakers shouldn't settle for "ObamaCare lite."
 
Their tweets come after a draft House GOP plan was leaked late last week. 
 
The bill would dismantle core aspects of the healthcare law and replace them with a system centered on a new tax credit. If three GOP senators were to vote against the bill it would effectively sink it's chances of clearing through Congress. 
 
Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) appeared to take a shot at the plan on Twitter, noting that without "substantial" changes he couldn't support it. 

"There is nothing conservative about a plan that ultimately amounts to a new entitlement program and a new tax increase," he said.

The leaked document would eliminate subsidies for people to obtain coverage and also phase out federal funds for states to expand Medicaid in 2020. It also includes a tax credit ranging from $2,000 to $4,000 that would increase based on a person's age to help recipients afford insurance. 

Meadows joined in on the Senate tweet storm, noting he supports Cruz, Lee and Paul.

"Every tax, every mandate, every regulation of #Obamacare needs to go," the Freedom Caucus chairman tweeted.

 

 

If Cruz, Lee and Paul refuse to vote for anything short of the 2015 bill, that could add a fatal hurdle to passing ObamaCare repeal, as Republicans can only afford to lose two senators to get the legislation through the Senate.

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerRed-state Dem tells Schumer to 'kiss my you know what' on Supreme Court vote Dem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick Trump's latest win: More Americans are saying, 'I quit!' MORE (D-N.Y.) predicted earlier on Monday that Republicans could fail to repeal ObamaCare because of divisions on defunding Planned Parenthood and Medicaid expansion. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDoug Jones walks tightrope on Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh gets questionnaires for confirmation hearing Dem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick MORE (R-Ky.) predicted that the Senate's repeal effort would be similar to the 2015 bill.