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Kentucky congressman calls American Health Care Act 'a stinking pile of garbage'

Posted: 5:25 PM, Mar 22, 2017
Updated: 2017-03-22 20:31:02-04
Kentucky congressman calls American Health Care Act 'a stinking pile of garbage'

The American Health Care Act, congressional Republicans' long-touted plan to replace President Obama's Affordable Care Act, is facing serious challenges in the hours leading up to a House vote. Politico reported Wednesday that a group of House conservatives planned to reject the legislation, and Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie made it clear on Twitter that he was one of them.

Massie posted on Twitter Wednesday afternoon that he had made the decision to change his vote on the bill -- not from a "no" to a "yes," but from a "no" to a "Hell no."

And in case you were still wondering how he feels about the upcoming vote, he told the Washington Examiner on March 7 that the American Health Care Act was a "stinking pile of garbage."

The Examiner reported that Massie's objections to the bill lay in the belief that it was too similar to the Affordable Care Act and had, in fact, been written by the same people.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul also voiced this opinion and called the American Health Care Act "Obamacare Lite," according to The Atlantic .

Politico reported that another Tri-State politician, former House Speaker John Boehner, had projected that Republicans wouldn't be able to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act as they promised, and Massie concurred.

"The other day when he said it's not going to get repealed, I thought for once he's committing candor and I agree with him," Massie told the Examiner.

Massie and his colleagues will vote on the American Health Care Act Thursday.