“MISSED OPPORTUNITY” : KEY SENATE REPUBLICANS COME OUT STRONGLY AGAINST PAUL RYAN’S HEALTH PLAN

Although House Republicans are touting their new healthcare bill as an improved replacement for the Affordable Care Act,several prominent conservative groups and Senators disagree.

Those who have disavowed the bill include Sens. Mike Lee and Rand Paul, as well as major conservative groups like Club for Growth and Heritage Action. Their reasons for rejecting the bill all differ, but none are satisfied with the proposed legislation.

“This is Obamacare Lite, it will not pass,” Paul said this morning on Fox and Friends. “Conservatives are not going to take it.” Paul was specifically objecting to the fact that Republicans retained Obamacare taxes and an individual mandate to purchase insurance, but the penalty is paid to the insurance companies instead of the government.

Heritage Action, a sister group of the conservative think tank the Heritage Foundation, echoed Paul, writing in a statement that Americans will notice “no significant difference” between this bill and the Affordable Care act.

Paul’s colleague, Utah Sen. Mike Lee, didn’t mention similarities to Obamacare, but called the bill a “missed opportunity,” said there are still too many unknown factors.

“We don’t know how many people would use this new tax credit, we don’t know how much it will cost, and we don’t know if this bill will make healthcare more affordable for Americans,” Lee said in a statement.

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