Republican U.S. Sen. Mike Lee speaks during a news conference at the Utah Solutions Summit Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, in Salt Lake City. Donald Trump's running mate Mike Pence is scheduled to make his first visit to Utah on Thursday since becoming a vice presidential candidate, and the Indiana governor is expected to use the visit to help bolster support for the Republican nominee. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Senator Mike Lee Urges Lawmakers to Keep Their Promise of an Obamacare Repeal

Consistently, with every conservative think tank group, Utah Senator Mike Lee is rated the most conservative lawmaker in Washington.

He has repeatedly shown himself to be fearless in speaking out about issues that conservative voters care about, and he is near-always on the right side.

After many months and years of voters screaming for the repeal of Obamacare, and an election that gave the GOP the power to do exactly that, what the voters got was an “amended” act, and not the full repeal that desperately needs to happen.

In fact, as the day has drawn out and more and more information has been released, it becomes increasingly clear that this might even be worse for the people than Obamacare.

With his customary boldness, Senator Lee released a statement through his Senate website condemning this hasty, ill-advised effort, and I hope his colleagues are listening.

“This is not the Obamacare repeal bill we’ve been waiting for. It is a missed opportunity and a step in the wrong direction,” Sen. Lee said.

“We promised the American people we would drain the swamp and end business as usual in Washington. This bill does not do that. We don’t know how many people would use this new tax credit, we don’t know how much it will cost, and we don’t know if this bill will make health care more affordable for Americans.”

“This is exactly the type of back-room dealing and rushed process that we criticized Democrats for and it is not what we promised the American people.”

“Let’s fulfill our Obamacare repeal promise immediately and then take our time and do reform right. Let’s pass the 2015 repeal bill that Republicans in both houses of Congress voted for and sent to the White House just 15 months ago. Once Obamacare has been properly sent to the dustbin of history then we can begin a deliberative, open, and honest process to reform our nation’s health care system.”

How difficult is that?

Just repeal, then start from scratch.

Senator Lee is right, and if his colleagues continue on this path, storming the gates of Big Government, the backlash of voters in 2018 could prove devastating to the advances made since the 2016 election.

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