Rep. Ron DeSantis: Senate Healthcare Bill Does Not Repeal All Obamacare Taxes

Friday, July 14, 2017
By Paul Martin

14 Jul 2017

SiriusXM host Alex Marlow asked Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) on Friday’s Breitbart News Daily for his thoughts on the Republican healthcare bill.

DeSantis said the highlights of the healthcare debate include “people like Ted Cruz who have been working to get consumer freedom so that you can opt out of these onerous Obamacare regulations.”

“That’s the only way you’re going to be able to have premiums that are affordable, and so they really fought to include that in there,” he said. “So I think that that is good.”

“I think the bad parts are, look, it’s not repealing all of Obamacare,” he continued. “It doesn’t even repeal all of Obamacare’s taxes. The Medicaid is done in such a way that it may not happen ten years down the road.”

“We promised a full repeal. That’s what we should have done. I realize that there are certain political considerations with some members perhaps, but it just seems that it’s a partial repeal. I think if we would have done a full repeal, I think that would actually be more popular, and I think it probably would have worked better,” DeSantis contended.

Marlow expressed disgust at the backroom deals and kickbacks employed to bring recalcitrant Republicans on board with the bill, in a grim reprise of the deals cut by Democrats to secure Obamacare’s passage.

“This whole debate has shown us that almost every Republican ran on repeal. It’s now time to do it. Most Republicans in the House and Senate do want a full repeal, but you have a number of Republicans who – even though they ran on repeal, even though they banged their chests saying they’d repeal it – really actually like a lot of Obamacare and are really fighting to keep Obamacare,” DeSantis charged.

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