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David McIntosh: The Firebrands Improved the Health Care Bill

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For two months Republicans took arrows from all sides over health care reform. Heated rhetoric came from within the tent. Conservatives were hit with the lion’s share of the blame for criticizing the American Health Care Act (AHCA) before the ink was barely dry.

Now that House Republicans have passed the bill, it’s only fair to measure whether or not that conservative opposition was worth the outcome.

In the end it was worth it, and the AHCA is a much better bill that:

— Advances federalism by giving state governors a chance to cut some of ObamaCare’s costliest and most onerous regulations.

— Offers the protection of high-risk pools.

— Immediately repeals ObamaCare’s taxes, including the surtax on investment income.

— More quickly winds down the Medicaid expansion.

— Allows states to receive Medicaid funds as block grants and create work requirements for able-bodied Medicaid enrollees.

The AHCA that was sent to the Senate is a far better bill than the one that was first released on March 6 because the legislative process was allowed to run its course.


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