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By Chris Woodward, Charlie Butts, OneNewsNow.com, September 26, 2017
A former lieutenant governor doesn’t think Republicans in Congress were ever serious about repealing and replacing ObamaCare.
Latest: Announced opposition to the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson proposal from Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) essentially kills the bill. Read more…
Jennifer Carroll (R-Florida) served for two years (2011-2013) as lieutenant governor under Florida Governor Rick Scott. Carroll tells OneNewsNow that Republicans don’t want the responsibility of changing anything to take the heat.
Pro-life organizations, including the Susan B. Anthony List, are in the race to obtain passage of the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson proposal which Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has vowed to bring to a vote this week.
Mallory Quigley is a spokeswoman for Susan B. Anthony List. “We’re talking about defunding Planned Parenthood, which ends the lives of more than 300,000 unborn children every year,” she explains. “This is ground zero for the pro-life movement. We must defund them and this is a real opportunity to do it.”
Passage of the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson proposal would eliminate about 80 percent of federal dollars flowing into the coffers of the abortion conglomerate, and ban federal subsidies for insurance plans that cover elective abortion.
“The legislation is not perfect,” Quigley admints, “but from a pro-life perspective this is the best chance that we have to defund Planned Parenthood now – and I think that if you consider yourself to be pro-life, this is a very worthy goal and absolutely important to make sure that this happens.”
The measure would also restore principles of the Hyde Amendment which forbids use of federal tax dollars for abortion. Republicans are using the 2017 budget reconciliation bill which would require 51 votes for passage, rather than 60.
“Republicans knew that as long as they did not have control of the House and Senate that it would be so much easier to tell the voters one thing, get re-elected, and keep their power, stature and position and not really have to perform,” she argues.
Carroll believes the election of Donald Trump, along with his criticism of lawmakers, shows they can’t get the job done. “They have shown that [for] all the bills they have passed, they knew it was not going to go anywhere because they knew Obama was going to veto it,” she says.
During the Obama administration, the GOP-majority House voted dozens of times to repeal the Affordable Care Act (aka ObamaCare). The GOP Senate approved one bill toward the end of Obama’s term, but that was vetoed.
This year, the House narrowly approved a bill called the American Health Care Act (AHCA), legislation which was dubbed “ObamaCare Lite” by many of its critics. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell withdrew the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) for lack of support.
Meanwhile, Senators Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), Bill Cassidy (R-Louisiana), Dean Heller (R-Nevada) and Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) are pushing a bill to overhaul Obamacare, but it appears to lack the support needed for passage. On Friday, Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) said he couldn’t vote for it without a full score from the Congressional Budget Office, adding that he thought the Republicans and Democrats could work together.
“This is not a good bill to pass,” Carroll says of the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson bill. “They’re just moving things around and keeping intact things in Obamacare that are not favorable.”
Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) is opposed to the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson legislation. Paul believes it is still ObamaCare.