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'Tuesday Group' turncoats must use recess to regroup on ObamaCare

Originally Published in The Hill on 4/15/17.

Congressional leaders returned home this week to spend two weeks on recess, meeting with constituents and supporters in their districts. For Republicans, the break could not come at a better time. After a staggering failure to come together to repeal and replace ObamaCare, the GOP needs some time to regroup and reconsider their approach.

As they do so, they must take the time to hear to their constituents. Conservatives across America voted Republicans into control of the House in 2011, the Senate in 2014, and the White House in 2016 based on repeated promises to repeal ObamaCare. The American Health Care Act, designed by Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), failed to keep these promises by failing to repeal ObamaCare wholesale and keeping the main cost-drivers in ObamaCare — its Title I provisions.

Title I provisions, which include the mandate for community rating and the essential health benefits, comprise the central regulatory structure of ObamaCare. According to the Heritage Foundation, the provisions account for 44 to 68 percent of ObamaCare’s health insurance premium increases — increases that prompted millions of frustrated voters to cast their ballots for the GOP.