Conservative House Republicans are unhappy with the Helping Sick Americans Now Act, which is slated for a vote today.
“We’re shifting money from one part of Obamacare we don’t support to another part of Obamacare we don’t support,” Representative Justin Amash (R., Mich.) told reporters today. “That’s a non-starter for me.”
Republican representatives Jim Jordan (Ohio), Mick Mulvaney (S.C.), Tim Huelskamp (Kan.), and Trey Radel (Fla.) all plan to vote no tonight, while Raul Labrador (Idaho) remains undecided, although he is leaning toward voting against the legislation.
One key point of contention is the fact that there have been no House votes this year on repealing or replacing Obamacare.
Huelskamp was similarly frustrated, saying, “our first vote on Obamacare will be an expansion of a failed part of the program that’s come in drastically over cost.” The Kansas congressman also argued that the legislation would almost entirely benefit blue states.