The House GOP’s ranking minority leader says the party is in the midst of a “revolution” as the party’s leadership pushes the agenda to gut ObamaCare, and he’s warning that a wave of conservative rebellion could threaten the entire health care overhaul.
“If the Republican Party doesn’t make a decision about what they want to do about healthcare, I don’t think it will ever be the same,” Rep. John Fleming, R-La., told Fox News.
The House GOP leadership is looking at a number of proposals aimed at ending the Obama administration’s health care law, including a repeal of its individual mandate, which requires most Americans to have health insurance or pay a penalty.
But Fleming told Fox, the party needs to do more to protect the existing insurance marketplaces that have flourished under the law.
“It is not just that we are seeing the effects of this [health care] law, we are going to be seeing a wave that we will be seeing throughout the rest of the health care system, so I don.t know how long it is going to last, but I do think that the Republicans will have to be very careful,” he said.
Fleming says conservatives in the House have been largely silent on this issue.
“They have not said anything.
I am going to do something to save it.'””
There is a huge amount of power in the hands of the Republican leadership to say, ‘Look, I am not doing anything to save this program.
I am going to do something to save it.'”
Fleming, the first openly gay lawmaker in the U.S. House, told Fox that he believes that conservatives will be willing to sacrifice the Affordable Care Act to defend the health insurance market.
“We have to fight them on this.
And we have to give the president what he needs to fight back on it,” he told Fox.
The Republican-led House will vote on a plan on Tuesday to repeal the mandate, known as the individual mandate.
The legislation is expected to include a repeal to the individual tax code, which currently applies only to individuals earning more than $250,000 and couples earning more $1 million.
The repeal of the mandate would leave some people with the mandate to pay a fine.
However, the plan would still allow insurers to sell plans with higher premiums for a period of time.