Davis 'proud' of GOP health care plan

Davis 'proud' of GOP health care plan

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis says he was among a group of House Republicans who met with President Donald Trump on Tuesday about the House GOP-sponsored American Health Care Act.

The three-term Taylorville Republican said he is "proud" of the health care proposal, which is intended to be a replacement for former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.

"After four years of watching premiums more than double, deductibles skyrocket, choices dwindle for my constituents under Obamacare, I am proud to be part of a responsible health care solution to lower costs and increase options for individuals and families," Davis said in a statement. "This bill keeps our promise of not just repealing and replacing Obamacare, but doing it without pulling the rug out from under millions of Americans whose health care was significantly changed by Obamacare."

Davis said that the Republican plan protects pre-existing conditions and allows young adults under the age of 26 to remain on their parents' insurance, "and those who currently qualify for Medicaid will remain covered unless their economic situation improves.

"We also help those who were left behind by Obamacare: middle-class Americans who were forced to buy insurance with costly premiums and deductibles but didn't qualify for subsidies. Our plan also makes several changes that will lower overall costs so these tax credits go further for families and individuals."

Referring to political opposition both from Democrats and conservative Republicans, Davis said "that when people on the far sides of both parties are unhappy, then you usually know you're doing something right."

"Some members, from both parties, may not want to face the mess that Obamacare has created and what is required to clean it up, but we made a promise to the American people to responsibly fix our health care system and that's what this bill does."

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kiel wrote on March 08, 2017 at 12:03 pm

And when the American Medical Association opposes it? Is it a good plan then?

For the record, it's not the "far" left that opposes this dumpster fire of a plan. It is ALL the left. 

 

Phil S wrote on March 08, 2017 at 1:03 pm

And I wouldn't characterize the American Medical Association as being on the left either.  There is plenty of opposition from moderates on the right as well.  The AARP (American Association of Retired People) also opposes it.  Davis is woefully out of touch with his constituents.  Hopefully he will be voted out of office in 2018.

APC wrote on March 08, 2017 at 1:03 pm

Sadly, I fear not.  It looks like the 13th is solidly Republican (R rep ever since 1895).

It is unlikely that Gill, or whoever is the D candidate will attract many R voters.

APC wrote on March 08, 2017 at 1:03 pm

Go Rodney.  Sell Obamacare lite (Trumpcare? RepublicanCare?).  Don't worry about all of the negative press, about how much it will hurt everyone except the wealthy, increasing insurance costs and cutting 10-20 million people off from insurance.  Don't worry that "access to insurance" is not the same as insurance itself (anyone has "access" to multimillion dollar houses, cars galore, etc... - what they may not have is the means to afford it).  Don't worry about the fact that for 8 years, you had the chance to fix some of the issues that surrounded the ACA but instead held 70 votes to repeal it without any thought of what to do then.

Go sell this crappy plan.  Then actually meet with your constituents for a change.

And oh - please investigate the many Trump scandals that exist - pay for play at Trump hotels, golfing every weekend, selling Ivanka's projects using POTUS accounts, Russia connections, unfounded assertions of Obama wiretapping you, election fraud (among others)...

I am not impressed with the job you are (not) doing.

APC wrote on March 08, 2017 at 1:03 pm

Go Rodney.  Sell Obamacare lite (Trumpcare? RepublicanCare?).  Don't worry about all of the negative press, about how much it will hurt everyone except the wealthy, increasing insurance costs and cutting 10-20 million people off from insurance.  Don't worry that "access to insurance" is not the same as insurance itself (anyone has "access" to multimillion dollar houses, cars galore, etc... - what they may not have is the means to afford it).  Don't worry about the fact that for 8 years, you had the chance to fix some of the issues that surrounded the ACA but instead held 70 votes to repeal it without any thought of what to do then.

Go sell this crappy plan.  Then actually meet with your constituents for a change.

And oh - please investigate the many Trump scandals that exist - pay for play at Trump hotels, golfing every weekend, selling Ivanka's projects using POTUS accounts, Russia connections, unfounded assertions of Obama wiretapping you, election fraud (among others)...

I am not impressed with the job you are (not) doing.

CallSaul wrote on March 08, 2017 at 1:03 pm

He's happy with it because he knows supporting it will end his career as a legislator and hasten the days he can really cash in as a pay-to-play lobbyist.

That's where the real money is. 

And the healthcare executives who make billions of this travesty of a bill will be happy to hire Davis once he gets voted out in November 2018...

bluesky wrote on March 08, 2017 at 3:03 pm

Estimates for the number of Americans who will lose coverage under Trumpcare range from six to twenty million.  Older Americans can be charged up to five times more for insurance than younger people.  Medicaid is severely curtailed, not just the expansion that many states enacted, but the program itself.  Many preventive screenings will no longer be covered.  And wait, there's more!

What, exactly, is he proud of? 

Lostinspace wrote on March 08, 2017 at 4:03 pm

Imagine that!  Being proud of condemning your own constituents to poorer health care.  What's next, protection for child abusers?

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