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Rep. Massie: GOP Healthcare Plan 'Worse Than Obamacare'

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By    |   Thursday, 23 Mar 2017 03:54 PM

Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., thinks the American Health Care Act could prove disastrous for the GOP, saying he's still "very much opposed to the bill," which he thinks is "worse than Obamacare."

"Frankly, it's not very well thought out," Massie said on MSNBC Thursday. "And right now, here in the last four hours, it's like a rocket that's lost its fins. It's getting less stable in terms of planning. I don't know where this thing's going to land. Hopefully it lands in the ocean and this thing just sinks."

He said the plan replaces paying the government for mandates, penalties and subsidies with paying insurance companies.

"That's why everyone comes out worse, aside from the insurance companies," he said.

Massie added that he found the behind-the-scenes process of drafting the bill similar to the process behind the Affordable Care Act, and that there is no estimate available for the finalized text the House will vote on Thursday.

"I'm embarrassed but not surprised because this is just par for the course," he said. "I've been in Congress for four years and everything is slap-dash, last-minute. We need some better planners here."

CNN reports that talks between the conservative House Freedom Caucus and the White House have broken down, and that a vote may not even take place, though no official statement has been released.

"This bill is collapsing," one anonymous House Republican told the network.

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Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., thinks the American Health Care Act could prove disastrous for the GOP, saying he's still "very much opposed to the bill," which he thinks is "worse than Obamacare."
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