Friday, April 28, 2017

Meehan not standing Pat on this version of health care

He's not standing Pat this time.

You might remember U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan played it pretty close to the vest in the first go-round on the Republican attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with the GOP's own American Health Care Act.

After voting in favor of the measure to move it out of the House Ways and Means Committee, Meehan, R-7, reserved support for the measure, waiting to see if would actually come up for a vote by the full House.

Eventually Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and President Donald Trump were forced to pull the bill when they realized they simply did not have the votes in their own caucus to get it passed.

Only after that move did Meehan come forward and say he would not have been able to vote in favor of it.

Now the GOP is back with a new - but not necessarily improved - version of a health care plan.

The big problem with this one is that it could lead to those with pre-existing conditions either being charged outrageous premiums or left out altogether.

To his credit, this time Meehan is not riding the fence.

We contacted him yesterday and he told us he would not support this bill. He's not alone. Chester County Republican Rep. Ryan Costello, R-6, said the same thing. Good for them.

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