Bolling, McCain: GOP's 'ObamaCare 2.0' Is Dead on Arrival With Conservatives
House Republicans unveiled their long-awaited plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare, but some conservatives are calling it "ObamaCare lite" and vowing to oppose it in its current form.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said this morning on "Fox & Friends" that President Donald Trump expressed a willingness to "negotiate" on the proposal, which he said he will not support.
"He wants Obamacare repealed like all conservatives do, but he realizes that conservatives have a lot of objections," Paul said.
Eric Bolling and Meghan McCain agreed on "Outnumbered" that this bill will be "dead on arrival" and must be reworked.
Bolling said he wants to see a plan for health insurers to operate across state lines in order to bring costs down.
"They're not even talking about addressing that right now. ... For me, a constitutional conservative, the bill will be DOA. They need to fix it," he said.
Can anybody find the part of the Obamacare repeal where we can buy insurance across state lines? That's the Holy Grail of health reform.
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He also said the individual mandate on buying health insurance will remain but will be collected by insurers instead of the government.
"This is basically another entitlement program," said Bolling.
McCain agreed with Bolling's characterization of the proposal as "ObamaCare 2.0," arguing that it seems like an "olive branch" to those who feel that health care is a right and is the government's responsibility to provide.
McCain said Freedom Caucus members, like Paul and Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) are simply not going to vote for this proposal.
New plan does not repeal/replace; it repackages Obamacare. It's a political plan that signals retreat and will not reduce health care costs.
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) March 7, 2017
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) disputed those arguments last night.
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Watch the discussion above.