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Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Draws Heat on the Right Over Obamacare Repeal

March 22, 2017 - 9:45am
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Already drawing fire from the left on former President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is now getting it from the right on the issue. 

Last week, Ros-Lehtinen came out against U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan’s, R-Wisc., effort to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama’s healthcare law. President Donald Trump has praised Ryan’s bill and members of his administration--including Vice President Mike Pence and HHS Sec. Tom Price--have lobbied Republicans on Capitol Hill to pass it. 

Ros-Lehtinen insisted too many residents in South Florida would lose their healthcare under Ryan’s proposal. 

“After studying the impact of this proposed legislation on my district and speaking with many of my constituents, I have decided to vote no on the bill as currently written,” Ros-Lehtinen said. “The bill’s consequences for South Florida are clear: too many of my constituents will lose insurance and there will be less funds to help the poor and elderly with their healthcare. I voted to repeal Obamacare many times because it was not the right fix for our broken healthcare system and did not live up to its promise to the American people but this plan is not the replacement South Florida needs. We should work together to write a bipartisan bill that works for our community and our nation without hurting the elderly and disadvantaged among us.”

That drew fire from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) which is starting to target Ros-Lehtinen in 2018. 

But now Ros-Lehtinen is also getting hit from the right as the Club for Growth urged her stand against the proposal even as the Trump administration is making a last ditch effort to get Republicans behind it. On Tuesday, the conservative PAC launched TV and digital ads targeting Ros-Lehtinen and nine other congressional Republicans, calling on them to stand against “Ryancare.”

Former U.S. Rep. David McIntosh, R-Ind., the president of the Club for Growth, made his case against Ryan’s proposal on Tuesday. 
“The Ryancare bill fails to keep President Trump’s promises of interstate competition and health insurance deregulation,” McIntosh said. “Republicans promised a bill that would stop Obamacare’s taxes and mandates, and replace them with free-market reforms that will increase health insurance competition and drive down costs. Ryancare fails on those counts and that’s why the Club is letting millions of constituents know that their Representative should reject Ryancare.”
“The Obamacare train wreck: big government at its worst,” the narrator of the TV spot says. “Canceled plans, broken promises, coverage so expensive, millions just can’t afford it. Too many mandates. Too many taxes. Now Congress is pushing Ryancare – a bad idea doubling down on disaster.  Washington, still in charge. Premiums, even higher – risking coverage for millions. It even keeps Obamacare's tax hikes. That’s not what Congreswoman Ros-Lehtinen promised. Tell Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: don’t fall for fake repeal.Vote no on Ryancare and get rid of Obamacare for good.”


HOW TO REFORM HEALTHCARE CONSTRUCTIVELY: The health insurance business model enables bad health habits in a self-perpetuating cycle loved by Wall Street and Democrats alike. Both public and private insurance, which spread the health liability burden among millions of payers, is not sustainable, however. Instead, we should have payment networks made up of the patient, their family and relatives (to the 3rd cousin out). Health is a personal matter, not just a public policy issue. Family networks should be billed post-care, with only a small monthly premium to help build a savings account for regular office visits. Anything that exceeds the savings would be split up into monthly payments by the extended family and patients, on sliding scales depending on individual ability to pay, monthly until paid off. This will also rid us of employer insurance pools, a costly albatross on job makers that discourages more hiring (and employees often stay with a job they hate because they and their families "need" the insurance). A new system of billing family networks would encourage everyone to help each other stay healthy. It's in their interests to avoid bad health and reproduction* habits. Most health problems come from personal decisions, and the current insurance model is the enabler. A family payment network can change personal habits much more effectively. *reproduction is adversely affected by the current model. Public health coverage (all welfare) enables the underclass to have offspring more now, while in the past the underclass would limit their reproduction since they could not care for children without public assistance. This aggravates unskilled labor pools, keeping down wages even more -- further perpetuating generational poverty and dependency. No wonder Wall Street and Dems love Obamacare.

The ACA works. Leave it alone.

And when it either "runs out of money" or "Costs SO MUCH" that it will STOP covering "Everyone"? WHAT THEN?

I agree. If it needs tweaks, then tweak it. But why cut or eliminate affordable health coverage for millions?

Repeal and give our healthcare back to the private sector. We do not need the government running our healthcare system. They stole our healthcare system from us and made it worse than when we ran our healthcare system. Give us back our healthcare system. Look if the poor can afford auto insurance then the poor can afford healthcare.

The ACA has been overwhelmingly positive for most covered Americans. If you're saying we should trust the tender mercies of insurance companies, then you have a short memory. Some of our pre-ACA health outcomes are among the worst in the civilized world, where single-payer is the norm. Don't take my word for it; look it up.

I have worked signing people up for Obamacare. When applicants bring their bills to demonstrate their expenses, 90% are paying for a late-model car and tons of cable channels. Yet, they expect free health coverage. Never ceases to amaze me.

If this turns out to be a wolf in sheeps clothing bill that does not serve all the people fairly that includes congress having the exact type of healthcare as everyone else. Then be prepared for one helluva a blow back from "We the People" get it done and get it done right

If the House of Representatives OR the Senate "screws up the 'Obamacare' REPEAL" and "packs the tree" of the "replacement bill",... THEY are "TOAST" and better start writing a new resumes for employment. The Democrats have already destroyed their own reputations and the Republicans will be in jeopardy of becoming the "WHIG Party redux"!!!

Politicians, AND their families, AND their 'staff members' HAD BETTER BE INCLUDED & ENROLLED in whatever 'healthcare revision' is implimented !... OR "We The People" will institute STRICT "one term" Term Limits (until EVERYONE in the nation gets a "turn at the Federal government mammary 'one term' retirement" !). [ As Marie Antonette said "Let them eat cake" ! ]

They already are. As of 2013 all members of Congress have the ACA as their healthcare insurance package. I applaud the congresswoman for standing up for us, the people, who will be left without affordable health insurance if this bill passes. I already pay $604 monthly, have my doctors and my medicines covered, but if it goes much higher it will be a real financial drain.

Ros-Lehtinen says she voted to repeal Obamacare many times because it did not fix the healthcare system... Those votes were made without the benefit of a replacement. The current proposal she will vote against because it's not the right replacement. So she wants to keep a system that's not right ... even though she voted to repeal it, instead of replacing it with something which is less onerous on those people that actually PAY for insurance. Yea....Makes sense if you're wanting to cater to your constituents and keep the healthcare system which is specifically for Congress.

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