Republicans united on health law overhaul but split on tax credits

Posted March 04, 2017

Lover of liberty and tallest Keebler elf Rand Paul found the situation ridiculous, and launched a scavenger hunt Thursday morning to find and read the secret bill. "Simply put, Energy and Commerce majority members and staff are continuing to discuss and refine draft legislative language on issues under our committee's jurisdiction", he said. That's why we are taking a step-by-step-approach to repeal and replace Obamacare with patient-centered reforms that give every American access to quality, affordable care.

The secrecy surrounding the House draft presented a golden publicity opportunity to Paul, who like some other conservatives says the GOP plan doesn't go far enough in dismantling Obama's law.

Rep. Chris Collins, a Republican, told Bloomberg that the House may mark up the bill - essentially, reviewing it in committee and making changes to the law - next week without a score from the Congressional Budget Office. "We were elected to fully repeal and replace Obamacare, and that's the only thing I will vote for". "Mr. Lincoln, I can't find the bill". Republicans have also expressed opposition to the ACA's mandated coverage provision which allows the government to levy a small fine on those who choose not to purchase health insurance. The Twitter account for Democratic members of the House Ways and Means Committee tweeted a picture of police officers standing outside a room in the Capitol, saying, "House Republicans are literally guarding their health care bill with Capitol Police".

Standing in front of the room, where he said they keep the secret text, Paul took questions and calmly explained exactly what he was dealing with. He said Ryan told members the panel will be working through the weekend to resolve any concerns before considering the legislation.

Underscoring the effort's sensitivity, one author of the emerging bill was resorting to unusually secretive steps to prevent details from circulating.

"It'd be good if we maybe had a sniffer dog", Schakowsky told reporters.

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BuzzFeed's Paul McLeod, also on the chase, reports that, "the bill has been moved to a new secret location after the old secret location got too much heat".

Then Pallone and Schakowsky went in search of Walden. Rep. Joe Crowley, D-N.Y., claimed to have checked the men's room. "It's not in there". "And it's disgraceful to the democracy that we're supposed to be representing here". "An association is a group plan, they would still be protected".

Ways and Means Committee member Tom Reed of NY said the panel is "very committed" to holding the meetings next week.

The Kentucky Republican said it doesn't make "logical sense" to allocate federal funds to help states run high-risk pools, which would be used to cover people who would be priced out of the marketplace if Obamacare is repealed. He said it is simply another "entitlement with a Republican stamp on it".

"The stunt is on the part of the Republicans", Schakowsky said.