Georgia’s lone GOP health care holdout urges leaders to try again

WASHINGTON – The lone Georgia Republican to go against his party leaders on health care thinks the GOP should take another stab at repealing and replacing Obamacare.

“Our hearts are ready,” U.S. Rep. Jody Hice of Monroe said in a brief interview Tuesday.

A member of the House Freedom Caucus, the group of ultra-conservatives who joined with moderate Republicans to sink the American Health Care Act last week, Hice said the current bill is not ready for prime time but that Republicans should “step back” and “fix those issues that need to be addressed.”

“It can be done,” Hice said. “It’s what the American people sent us here to do.”

 


 

Hice’s remarks came not long after Speaker Paul Ryan emerged from a private meeting with House Republicans to also declare that his party’s health care effort was not dead.

“We are going to work together and listen together until we get this right,” Ryan, R-Wis., told reporters. “It is just too important.”

Their change in tune is a pretty stunning one. Four days ago, Ryan and the White House conceded that Obamacare was the “law of the land” for the foreseeable future and the GOP should move onto other legislative priorities like tax reform.

What is unclear is whether enough has changed in recent days to close the gulf between GOP moderates, who worry that too many people would lose health coverage under their party’s plan, and Freedom Caucusers, who said the legislation would leave too much of Obamacare’s architecture in place and keep premiums too high.

Hice on was careful not to fault Trump, even after the president tweeted Monday that the Freedom Caucus “was able to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory:”

“Certainly I can understand his frustration. We’re all frustrated with this, but at the end of the day we’re going be back on board and we’re going to get this job done. It’s going to be something he will be proud of and the American people will be proud of.”

Hice’s message was undercut in part by Senate Republicans. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell yesterday said Democrats “now have the law that they wrote in place and we’ll see how that works out.”

Georgia U.S. Sen. David Perdue disagreed, saying “we’ve got to do something” on health care.

“If we don’t do something I think it’s going to collapse under its own weight. So yeah, I would welcome any conversation,” he said.

U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Lithonia, did not mince words when asked about a possible revival of the GOP’s Obamacare replacement plan.

“A bunch of hot air,” he said.

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33 comments
Shirley Hinton
Shirley Hinton

I am not sure about you HICE you need to go back to preaching .

Bill Sengstacken
Bill Sengstacken

The GOP had SEVEN YEARS to come up with a plan, but they did nothing until February. They are like the kid in college who blows off all the work until the last week of classes. Then he pounds the Red Bull, pulls some all nighters, and wonders why he got an F.

Tony Fleming
Tony Fleming

Remember too that the House voted to repeal it some 40+ times when they knew Obama would veto any such move. But when they have a president who would sign a repeal, they can't seem to git'r done. Hmm....

cookie
cookie

Jody Hice. How low can we go?  Come on folks.  We can do better than this.  Another just say no to everything dimwit.  Such courage he has.  God help us.

Mark Hesselgrave
Mark Hesselgrave

"Our hearts are ready?" Did Jesus speak to your heart Jodi and tell you to rip healthcare out from under sick people? Not very Christlike. Because you're no Christian.

Lee Hager
Lee Hager

He's the laughing joke of the entire Congress including his own party who laughs about him right to his face, but he doesn't even know it!

Tracy Bumgarner
Tracy Bumgarner

Ready for what? Why should we trust you now? You had your chance!

Tracy Martin
Tracy Martin

"Our hearts are ready." Ready for what? Ready to kick people to the curb. What kind of man feels love talking like that?

Jeri Henson Dies
Jeri Henson Dies

But our brains know better. Congressman Jody Hice, you are my congressman--I called you. Leave Obamacare alone--unless you want to expand its coverage.

Ken Murphy
Ken Murphy

The Republicans were given a chance to repeal Obamacare, or replace it or something other than leaving it in place which is what they did. They will also fail to overhaul the tax system because they are too stupid to compromise which means they end up loosing all around. I think ga.6th district will go to the demorats and the Republicans will loose the majority in a landslide in 2018.

David Ross
David Ross

Jarid Moon and as I stated before Medicare rations care. ACA has provisions that direct CMS to "steer" reimbursement based on CBO figures. For you googling lemmings that only know what you mind can put into a search bar, it means that government rations care based on costs in ways the public will never know without much leg work and effort. There is absolutely NOTHING you can teach me on Medicare, Medicaid and government reimbursement. Nada. Also as I told Cathy, when someone is getting something for free that comes at the expense of someone else's hard work they will fight tooth and nail before they give it up. Takers come from all walks of life. Democrats don't corner the market in that respect unfortunately.

Tony Fleming
Tony Fleming

I'd be fine with people who can afford their own private insurance (whether for health care, or climate change, or labor rights) to get their own. But why do they insist that those who can't just can't have it at all? Most of what Trump is doing away with, like health care or clean water, he can get on his own dime and doesn't understand the problem for the rest of us.

David Ross
David Ross

Jarid Moon see the problem with your statement is that while you know what you've been told I know what I have lived and continue to live every single day. CMS due to cost shifted reimbursement of LTC providers away from Rehabilitation towards Skilled Nursing Services. Why you may ask, because in the short term, rehab costs were increasing and they could make the "books" look good for the election cycle by reducing Medicare reimbursement in rehab. Problem being that in the long term shifting focus on Skilled Nursing Services costs much more because you are managing the patient's decline as opposed to rehabbing them to transition home or a step down unit. They don't worry about the long term explosion in costs because they only are concerned with polls and re-election in the here and now. Same goes for VA patients. Maybe the real problem is so many of you know so little other than what biased sources you are spoon fed propaganda. I live and work in healthcare for over 30 years. Dealing specifically in Medicare and Medicaid and up until recently VA. So tell me again what you "know" about ACA?

David Ross
David Ross

The sites I provide are not some fringe "right wing" site. They are ALL either Left or Center Left sites. Unlike gems like "AlterNet".org. Sad that you all look upon Socialism with such rose colored glasses. You are the exact people our Founding Fathers warned us about.

Matthew Pociask
Matthew Pociask

Try out Somalia, I hear they have very little government there. Don't forget to write.

Cathy Mclaurin
Cathy Mclaurin

It's not a monstrosity, that's why the Republican town hall meetings were so contentious. People have insurance that have NEVER had coverage before. Their medical needs are being met without the prospect of losing their homes and life savings..The monstrosity was the God awful proposal by Ryan that was a Robin Hood reversal...The best option would be universal and take OBSCENE insurance companies out the mix..Their CEO obscene salaries, denials for basic medical needs, categorizing basic HC issues like pregnancy as high risk...Returning to that is RIDICULOUS. .

David Ross
David Ross

Mathew, try out Venezuela they have your Socialist utopia there. Just make sure to take your own lifetime supply of toilet paper and food. Oh wait, maybe not that will get you a prison sentence. You could just take a club or find a very large stick. That way you could join the locals who roam the streets looking for "organic" food like dogs, pigeons and cats. \U0001f431\U0001f436

Bill Sengstacken
Bill Sengstacken

So we should get rid of the military? I mean, if the government is "best when it's least", be true to your boo.

David Ross
David Ross

Bill Sengstacken you goobers always take to the straw man. You also always show your ignorance by doing so because you never fail to use as you point, one of the few Constitutionally guaranteed government duties. Defense of the nation is one of the few duties, yet it always seems to be your first target. I guess it's obvious you leftist don't believe in the Constitution. That's your "boo".

David Ross
David Ross

Tony Fleming sorry friend but there is much you either never were taught or just refused to accept. "They" are not the ones "insisting those who can't just can't have it all". You have it bass ackwards. Those YOU support made it illegal for insurance companies to allow "those that can" to purchase plans that they want. It's called Socialism. The healthy must pay exorbitant premiums in order to provide for "those that can't". The architects designed a system that would fail. Why you may ask, because it will lead people like Kathy Mclaurin (above) to demand "universal" healthcare. Thus placing the most enormous power ever given to our Federal Government, and coincidently the very thing our founding fathers warned us about, by charging them with providers of our National Healthcare System. The same system that is failing Canada and every other socialist "utopia" you can point to. Doubters please educate yourselves. http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/natasha-macdonalddupuis/the-future-of-canadian-healthcare_b_4429892.html

Jarid Moon
Jarid Moon

David Ross, I don't get anything thing free from the government. I pay the top tax percentage for my income. I'd rather see my money spent on myself, my family, my friends and people that are in need, instead of going to the military industrial complex and their CEOs.

Jarid Moon
Jarid Moon

Venezuela's issues aren't because of an issue of Socialism... The issue there is they invented too much in oil and when oil was king and selling for $100 plus a barrel it was money in the bank, then when it went to $20 or $30, they ran out of money. When your country isn't financially diverse, you'll run into those issues. However I did notice you didn't point to one of the other Socialist countries that are do WAY better than the US, with very happy, healthy, hardworking, but well compensated population.

David Ross
David Ross

Jarid Moon strangely enough, I believe you. I am just astonished that you somehow are so misguided that you believe government is also in it to provide for those less fortunate. They are politicians. Democrats and Republicans. The difference between you and I are that I support those that seek to diminish the power in Washington because power corrupts and make no mistake that all this is and ever was is a power grab. Ezekiel Emanuel (ACA's main architect)is all about power and control. They think you (the American people) are too stupid to know what's good for you. If you truly wanted to design a system it would be open for public debate and input and it would take years of open dialogue. Neither of the Democrat or Republican establishment power mongers want to remove the power ACA bestowed upon them. That's why Ryan's plan was almost identical to the ACA. Almost identical.

Jarid Moon
Jarid Moon

Your blog David Ross on Canadian healthcare talks about the burden of healthcare for the 'baby boomer' population, AKA older people. We currently have socialized medical coverage for the elderly, in the form of Medicare and if you are poor and 65+, you get both Medicare and Medicaid. I don't normally hear older people who tend to be more Conservative bitching about their Medicare coverage.

David Ross
David Ross

Cathy Mclaurin Democrats and You quite frankly. ACA is wealth redistribution. It takes money from those that don't need what the government is forcing them to take to pay for those that "can't afford" it. That, madam, is the definition of wealth redistribution. The fact that you don't even understand who does and who does not pay the overwhelming majority of taxes speaks to your knowledge or lack there of. https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2015/05/26/bernie-sanders-calls-for-downward-transfer-of-wealth-of-top-one-percent/?utm_term=.48d2171560e5

David Ross
David Ross

Cathy Mclaurin you're right but I know what you believe in regards to this topic. You've done told me.

Chris Wright
Chris Wright

It's never going to happen. One of the biggest obstructionists in the House during Obama's tenure pretty much admitted they aren't use to governing and it is much more easier to have "fantasy football" which is why they repealed the ACA a gazillion times just for show. People like Jody Hice were pissed the pre existing condition requirement and staying on your folks insurance until you're 26 wasn't' removed. Seriously. Donald's approval is down to 35% now he is losing independents and men without a college degree according to Gallup Is this what making deals and winning feels like? I almost broke a sweat just thinking about the winning!