Why Republicans Are Battling Republicans on Obamacare Repeal


Republican Party Divided over Plan to Repeal Affordable Care Act


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In Washington, D.C., divisions erupted within the Republican Party over the GOP plan, unveiled Monday, to repeal much of the Affordable Care Act, including its expansion of Medicaid. Factions within the Republican Party that had hoped to repeal Obamacare altogether revolted against the bill Monday, calling it “Obamacare lite.” Conservative groups, including Heritage Action for America and the Koch brothers’ group Americans for Prosperity, also condemned the bill. If more than a dozen House Republicans refuse to vote for the bill, it could fail to pass the House. Other Republicans spent Monday backing the plan, including Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, who vowed Tuesday, “The nightmare of Obamacare is about to end.” Utah Republican Congressmember Jason Chaffetz also tried to defend the bill Tuesday in an interview with Alisyn Camerota on CNN, but instead sparked controversy.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz: “You know what? Americans have choices. And they’ve got to make a choice. And so, maybe, rather than getting that new iPhone that they just love and they want to go spend hundreds of dollars on that, maybe they should invest in their own healthcare.”

On Twitter, people immediately condemned Congressmember Chaffetz’s comments, including best-selling author Roxane Gay, who wrote, “My broken ankle cost $117,000 so that’s around 234 iPhones.”


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