Appropriations Chairman Opposes Trumpcare

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) released a statement this morning announcing his opposition to Paul Ryan's Trumpcare bill.

“Seven years after enactment of Obamacare, I wanted to support legislation that made positive changes to rescue healthcare in America.

“Unfortunately, the legislation before the House today is currently unacceptable as it would place significant new costs and barriers to care on my constituents in New Jersey. In addition to the loss of Medicaid coverage for so many people in my Medicaid-dependent state, the denial of essential health benefits in the individual market raise serious coverage and cost issues."

“I remain hopeful that the American Health Care Act will be further modified. We need to get this right for all Americans.”

It appears that the last-minute gambit to repeal Obamacare's coverage requirements, otherwise known as "essential health benefits," may have backfired.

Under the current bill, insurance would be required to cover almost nothing. And that also doesn't appear to have swayed more than a handful of Freedom Caucus members while turning off a new crop of relatively moderate Republicans.

The Appropriations Committee is responsible for a substantial amount of federal spending and it's significant that the committee chairman opposes Trumpcare, far more significant than your average member.

Speaker Paul Ryan is meeting at the White House this afternoon where he will reportedly tell Trump he doesn't have enough votes.

It looks like Obamacare will survive, but I don't want to jinx it. We'll find out today.

  • muselet

    The GOP is incapable of governing:

    “You have all heard me say this before, moving from an opposition party to a governing party comes with growing pains,” Ryan said at the beginning of a press briefing. “And, well, we’re feeling those growing pains today.”

    According to Paul Ryan, the GOP used to be an opposition party, even though it had majorities in the House since 2011 and in the Senate since 2015. That’s not exactly the definition of “opposition party” most people carry around in their heads.

    We dodged a bullet because Paul Ryan is very bad at his job and has to keep a kindergarten’s worth of spoiled brats happy (or at least not screaming and crying). How long we’ll stay lucky is very much an open question.


    • Christopher Foxx

      No matter what happens, no matter how much advantage or opportunity they have, they’ll declare them selves the victims when things inevitably go against them.

      It’s all they have and so , no matter what the situation, it’s what they claim.

      Whiny little babies.

  • David Greenberg

    Please look up and read Paul Krugman’s article in today’s NYT, which accurately describes Paul Ryan for what he is: an evil, ignorant pr&&k.

    • ninjaf

      I didn’t get a chance to look this up but I am more than happy to finally see the myth that Ryan is a Serious Thinker™ fall away under the scrutiny of reality.

  • 1933john

    “Don’t hit other kids” – K1 (Day 1)
    “Don’t call other kids names” – K1 (Day 2)
    “Don’t eat other kids lunch” – K1 (Day 3)
    “Don’t make fun of other kids” – K1 (Day 4)
    “Some of you fuck’in conservative brats will never learn” – K1 (Day 5)

  • Aynwrong

    They tried to repeal & replace legislation that took I believe 15 months to write and enacted in about two while promising that it would cover more people, provide better services and somehow amazingly cost less. What a shock that healthcare turned out to be “complicated.”

    What I didn’t realize was that yesterday was the anniversary of the signing of the ACA into law. If that’s actually why this was so rushed, because Donnie wanted it to happen on that day as some kind of trolling or a slap at Barack Obama yet again than he’s even more of a narcissistic, revenue driven buffoon than I thought.

    America may yet be saved by the GOP’s indescribable incompetence.

    • JMAshby

      Paul Ryan probably had a deeply smug speech prepared for passing the bill yesterday.