Republican Lawmakers Trying to Stop ‘Obamacare Lite’

The draft repeal of the Affordable Care Act is already so controversial — with Republicans — that it is being held in a “secure location.”

And even Republican senators are barred from seeing it by GOP leadership.

Locked in a room in the U.S. Capitol, where only members of the U.S. House of Representatives can see it — the bill sits, aflame in controversy.

Republicans have said for years they were on the same page on repealing and replacing the behemoth health care law, better known as Obamacare. Now, with complete GOP control of Congress and the White House, a path forward appears jeopardized by intra-party squabbling.

At least three Republican senators — enough to kill a bill — have said they won’t vote for a new GOP health bill that expands entitlements. And there are also rebellions in the House of Representatives, where any Republican plan to replace Obamacare is expected to originate.

Conservatives worry the replacement plan being readied by House Speaker Paul Ryan does not actually repeal Obamacare. Rather, they believe Republican elders are just tweaking the current health care system established by Democratic majorities in March 2010.

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) mocked House Republicans Thursday morning for keeping the House version of the repeal of Obamacare under tighter wraps than the Ark of the Covenant.

“I have been told that the House Obamacare bill is under lock & key, in a secure location, & not available for me or the public to view,” Paul tweeted on Thursday morning.

Paul was blocked from entering a House room where he thought it was being kept.

Paul later accused House Republicans of plotting “Obamacare Lite,” a Republican version of Obamacare that may leave in place both subsidies and a coverage mandate.

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SOURCE: Jim Stinson