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GOP congressman Ken Buck: Governing means supporting AHCA

Posted on | March 31, 2017 | 7 Comments

Governing means supporting AHCA

I supported the American Health Care Act last Friday because it was the right vote. I didn’t begin as a big fan, but I ended up satisfied that America needed this bill to start a process to repair our healthcare system.

Yes, I’m a conservative. I pal around with those liberty-loving Freedom Caucus guys. I get better grades on conservative scorecards than I ever received in college. And frankly, if you asked the Speaker, I think he’d tell you I’m a bit of a right-wing rabble-rouser.

I supported the AHCA, and will continue to support it, because a yes vote is the principled, conservative position.The repeal of ObamaCare stands as one of Republicans’ greatest, most enduring promises to the nation, the fulfilment of which matters to our livelihood and our country’s future. As ObamaCare continues its death spiral, families across the nation face unaffordable premiums and deductibles and severely limited healthcare choices.

Since 2010, individual premiums have gone up 27 percent and deductibles have soared. Every day, my office fields calls from families who can’t afford to pay their $12,000 deductible, effectively making them uninsured. Meanwhile, several counties in my district only have one remaining insurer in the ObamaCare marketplace.

Our mandate, our duty to the people, is to improve upon the current mess. And the American Health Care Act is an improvement, one that came with three parts.

The first part, a promising reform of the Medicaid program, should be cheered by all Republicans. The bill’s per capita allotment would force spending restraint and reform within the Medicaid system.

The next part was the actual repeal of ObamaCare, those strangling regulations of the insurance market that only help some of the people they’re supposed to help — another policy win for the conservative cause.

The final part of the AHCA was a replacement for ObamaCare, and it’s with this third part that Republicans disagreed.

I’ll be clear: I criticized the process we followed to arrive at this bill. We went too fast. We held hearings, but they were not recent and failed to create a consensus in this country. We left out important provisions.

But ultimately, this bill was worth supporting.

The president has been good to conservatives. In fact, much of his first several weeks in office have been a boon for the conservative cause: from a strong set of Cabinet picks to a rock star Supreme Court pick to a set of executive orders and regulatory repeals that undo the most dangerous parts of President Obama’s pen-and-phone legacy.

Moreover, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has been good to conservatives. He negotiated in good faith and offered real, conservative changes to the bill. We won provisions that allowed states to impose a work requirement for Medicaid and choose optional block grant funding for the program. We added a roll-back of mandated essential health benefits.

The president has earned our support. Our party leaders deserve our faith. The AHCA vote in the House would have been the first part of a three-pronged approach to repeal and replace ObamaCare, the first stop on a long journey towards a better, more conservative healthcare system. I trust President Trump to orchestrate a conservative final outcome.

In fact, we have to trust the president and party leaders, because the law requires a meandering path through Senate rules and administrative action before we can arrive at a better system.

To pass the requirements of budget reconciliation, our ideal healthcare plan had to be uncomfortably packaged into a specific kind of bill so that it only included provisions that impact the budget and not some of the key provisions needed to set up a true alternative insurance market structure. The missing provisions were already in the works in both the legislative and executive branches.

Republicans need to remember that pragmatism and principle are not opposed. Instead, pragmatism is an instrument used in pursuit of principle. By shooting down step one in the repeal and replacement of ObamaCare, we failed to achieve the principle: saving the American people from the hell that is ObamaCare.

In fact, our entire agenda of principled conservative policy relies heavily on healthcare action. Without a successful repeal of ObamaCare, tax reform will be that much harder to achieve.

Transitioning from an opposition party to the governing party can come with growing pains. But if we want to achieve our principled outcomes, like the end of ObamaCare and its replacement with a free-market system, then we have to learn how to come together as a party and govern. And governing means supporting the AHCA. I supported it, will continue to support it, and encourage my colleagues to support it as well.

Buck represents Colorado’s 4th District.


7 Responses to “GOP congressman Ken Buck: Governing means supporting AHCA”

  1. W
    March 31st, 2017 @ 7:05 am

    More lies from the home of legalized marijuana killing our children

  2. Guest
    March 31st, 2017 @ 9:42 am

    “Governing means supporting AHCA?”

    NONSESNE! Governing means not violating the constitution by imposing unconstitutional laws and mandates. Ethical, moral and responsible governing also means enforcing our immigration and other laws and and not destroying the future of our children and grandchildren by fiscal irresponsibility by creating ever more and more entitlements!

  3. The Coming Storm
    March 31st, 2017 @ 1:31 pm

    This Congressman is a nwo hack!

    This logic is nothing more than goofy!

    Guest has it right!

    Governing means to follow the Constitution and protect America against all enemies, foreign and DOMESTIC!

    This is the pablum that nwo wants to be spread all over the land!

    Treason is what it’s called!

    And anyone found being treasonous should become non-existent! Evil cannot be allowed to stay alive…to try again!

  4. EyeballNews
    March 31st, 2017 @ 2:19 pm

    Support Mo Brooks’ one line Obamacare bill. Get it signed into law, then we can work on fixing what still remains broken without driving costs through the roof and creating another massive entitlement program.

  5. Starlight
    March 31st, 2017 @ 4:53 pm

    This is from Michael Snyder’s email ‘End of the American Dream’

    and I thought it would be of interest
    to others, since he is usually very astute.

    It is lengthy but worth reading, though I
    wonder how many of us agree with this
    observation? I don’t know what to think.


    Donald Trump is making the exact same tragic mistake that other prominent leaders have made in the past. You never, ever, ever go to war with your own people.

    Yes, you may have some very serious disagreements with your own team sometimes, but you never go to war with them.

    When Trump openly declared war on the Freedom Caucus, he immediately lost the support of millions of conservatives. And now Trump is going to have a tremendously difficult time getting anything on his agenda through Congress, because without Freedom Caucus votes the Democrats will be able to block just about everything that Trump wants to do.

    Yes, I understand that Trump is upset because his healthcare legislation failed. But instead of getting angry and lashing out at the people that should be his closest allies in Congress, perhaps he should take another look at the bill.

    The truth is that it was called “Obamacare Lite” for a reason. It was an absolute nightmare of a bill, and conservatives all over the nation were united in their opposition of it.

    When you are a leader, sometimes you have to be willing to admit that you were wrong.

    Unfortunately, Donald Trump is not very good at admitting when he is not right about something.

    Instead of the path of humility, Trump has decided to go to war with the Freedom Caucus. On Friday, Trump actually posted a tweet that urged his supporters to “fight” the Freedom Caucus during the election of 2018…

    “The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don’t get on the team, & fast. We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018!“

    No, conservatives will definitely not be attempting to remove the best members of Congress in 2018. For Trump to even suggest this is absolute madness.

    Trump desperately needs friends in Congress, and the members of the Freedom Caucus could be his best friends if he would just work with them.

    But instead he is deeply alienating them, and after Trump’s tweet on Friday a couple members of the Freedom Caucus struck back at him. One of them was U.S. Representative Thomas Massie…

    @realDonaldTrump it’s a swamp not a hot tub. We both came here to drain it. #SwampCare polls 17%. Sad!

    Another member of the Freedom Caucus that fired back at Trump was U.S. Representative Justin Amash…

    It didn’t take long for the swamp to drain @realDonaldTrump. No shame, Mr. President. Almost everyone succumbs to the D.C. Establishment.

    What in the world is Trump hoping to accomplish by feuding with these conservatives?

    If Trump wants to repeal Obamacare, he should just push the same clean repeal bill that was passed by the House right near the end of Obama’s time in office.

    During the campaign season, Trump’s desire to fight with everyone ended up working for him, but in Washington you are going to need some friends if you actually want to accomplish anything.

    The members of the Freedom Caucus would have supported more of Trump’s agenda than any other group in the House of Representatives, but now he has gone to war with them.

    I don’t know if I have the words to describe the utter foolishness of that move.

    But even after threatening to go after their jobs in the next election, some members of the Freedom Caucus are still being conciliatory. One of them is Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador…

    @realDonaldTrump Freedom Caucus stood with u when others ran. Remember who your real friends are. We’re trying to help u succeed.

    And Freedom Caucus co-founder Jim Jordan told Fox News that his group is “trying to help the president”…

    Freedom Caucus co-founder Jim Jordan, however, refused to take Trump’s bait during an interview on “America’s Newsroom.”

    “We appreciate the president,” Jordan said. “We’re trying to help the president, but the fact is you have to look at the legislation.”

    He added: “I’m not here to assign blame to anyone…what I focus on doing is doing what I told the voters we’re going to do.”

    Instead of trying to bully his friends, Trump should try listening to them instead.

    But even before it became clear that Obamacare Lite would not pass, he was threatening members of the Freedom Caucus with primary challenges if they would not vote the way that he wanted…

    President Trump dared Rep. Mark Sanford to vote against the Obamacare repeal bill last week so he could put a primary challenger against the former governor in 2018, the congressman said.

    According to Sanford, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney told him, “The president asked me to look you square in the eyes and to say that he hoped that you voted ‘no’ on this bill so he could run (a primary challenger) against you in 2018,” according to The Post and Courier, which first reported the story. Mulvaney, a friend of Sanford’s, was a South Carolina congressman before he joined the administration.

    This is one of the signs of a weak and ineffective leader. I have seen other “leaders” try to use their power to bully people into doing what they want done, and it rarely works.

    If Trump keeps acting like this, pretty soon he is not going to have any friends left. During the campaign season, Matt Drudge was one of Trump’s most fervent supporters, but now even Drudge appears to be turning on him…

    In early February, Drudge tweeted that the “Republican party should be sued for fraud. NO discussion of tax cuts now. Just lots of crazy. Back to basics, guys!” and “No Obamacare repeal, tax cuts! But Republicans vote to shut Warren? Only know how to be opposition not lead! DANGER ”

    One month later, Drudge was even more direct, saying “Republicans lied about wanting tax cuts. Can we get our votes back?”

    Then, last Thursday, amid the struggle to rally enough Republican votes to pass an ObamaCare repeal-and-replace plan, he tweeted, “The swamp drains you,” which many saw as a jab at President Trump’s campaign pledge to “drain the swamp.”

    When a leader goes to war with his own people, it almost always results in a tragic ending.

    Yes, Trump could perhaps take down a couple members of Congress in the 2018 election, but Trump will find that his entire presidency is paralyzed if he doesn’t have any friends in Congress.

    For example, if a spending bill in not passed by April 28th, a government shutdown will begin on April 29th.

    So without the help of the Freedom Caucus, where is Trump going to get the votes that he needs to avoid a shutdown?

    Is Trump going to team up with the Democrats?

    I don’t think so.

    Without some friends in Congress, there will be no spending bill, the debt ceiling will not get raised, there will be no border wall, there will be no tax cuts, there will be no enhanced border security, there will be no trillion dollar infrastructure plan, there will be no new military spending and nothing else that Trump wants to do will get done either.

    Trump is going to learn a very hard lesson that many other prominent leaders in the past have also learned.

    You do not go to war with your own people.

  6. Alexander Grossman
    April 1st, 2017 @ 5:32 am

    I agree with W and Guest.
    I think that that repr. Ken Buck wants to destroy Trump Agenda as do Mr. Priebus, Paul Ryan and the 80% who are not members of Conservative Caucus. Ken Buck is likely not to be a member of Conservative Caucus and he avoids to state directly if he is such a member or he is not.

    Most importantly, there is a former CIA agent, Robert David Steele, a contributer to Alex Jones and to other internet sites. Robert Steele reveals real challenges of Trump Administration. He also warns about a future event that may begin this Spring. It may bring Trump Administration down, unless counteracted. Many articles are at http://robertdavidsteele.com/publications/articles-2/

    One of them is Donald Trump’s Next Moves: 7 Predictions from Robert David Steele See it below

    7 Predictions from Robert David Steele
    Preibus Goes

    Preibus’s role in life – Trump has known this – has been to prevent Trump from unrigging the system – Reince Preibus is the face of the Establishment and the leading mole in the White House.

    Trump Doubles-Down on Wrong Approach to National Security & National Strategy

    There are really two issues here. First, Trump needs a National Strategy Advisor who can do Whole of Government strategy and stop the continued efforts of the neo-cons to pick fights we cannot win and cannot afford; and second,

    Trump needs to purge the US government of roughly 500 traitors concentrated in the national security bureaucracy. Trump is going to get this wrong again.

    Bannon Gets Playmates
    This will shock some, but the idea is being considered and the main players get it. The Trump team is too white, too old, and too fat. They need black – Cynthia McKinney – and skinny center-left ethical – Dennis Kucinich. Throw in Ralph Nader supporting Jeff Sessions in some capacity, and Jesse Ventura as Governor-General with Mike Huckabee as a side-kick – both assuring state rights are front and center, and you have a diversity machine ready to kick some ass.

    This will stop the looming “American Spring” violence being planned by George Soros and others, if Trump also barnstorms the country with his new team – 50 states in 30 days – explaining to the public why they should demand and embrace the …

    Electoral Reform Act

    The system is rigged twelve different ways. We fix that and it changes everything. There is one big move – and one big move only – that can slam the Establishment back into a small box, liberate the Members from financial dependencies, empower Trump with the popular vote across all boundaries, and make evidence-based governance in the public interest possible.

    The Electoral Reform Act that many activists have been calling for since Occupy first considered the matter in 2011 is a transformative move.

    Trump Channel

    Preibus stopped the original and correct instinct of the president, to throw the press corps out of the White House. A Trump Channel – picture a daily seven-minute Presidential fireside chat, multiple fifteen minute briefs by Cabinet officials across all policy domains, and presidential tweets that ask a question answered by 150 million or more via PollMole, our new secret weapon for direct democracy, on a Presidential Dashboard that can drill down to individual Congressional districts and specific demographics. Good-bye fake news media, hello power to the people.

    Debt Be Gone

    Donald Trump came into office acutely aware of the sovereign debt. He was less aware of the fact that individual, family, and small business debt is three trillion dollars and rising. Now he understands that a Debt Renunciation Pledge at a non-profit website outside the government, one that empowers Donald Trump as an individual to renegotiate that debt, does two things: first, it give Donald Trump the specifics including the email address of every person opting in (say 100 million), and second, it allows Donald Trump to go to the banks and do what he has done so well for himself: renegotiate the debt. No President has ever connected to the public so directly. This is another game-changer.

    Secure Communications for Everyone, NSA Dismantled by Executive Order

    The National Security Agency (NSA) has been spying on all US politicians (including Barack Obama since he was a junior Senator according to Russ Tice, NSA whistle-blower). There is a new technology that the Trump team used to good effect during the campaign, Defense Enabling and Assisting Framework (DEAF). It is said to be impervious to interception; does not “flag” the exchange as an encrypted exchange warranting deeper scrutiny, and installation on one device automatically extends to all other devices exchanging information with the host unit. I predict President Trump will abandon the existing “secure” communications architecture that has consumed trillions of dollars, and migrate the US Government to a commercially-based network where all communications public and private are protected. I further anticipate that NSA – which has no legislative charter – will be dismantled by Executive Order.
    Robert David Steele is a former spy, the former second-ranking civilian for Marine Corps intelligence, and the champion for Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) and an Open Source Agency that can provide decision-support for everyone. He was recommended for the Nobel Peace Prize in January 2017. His personal web site is


  7. Yeremei Gorelic
    April 2nd, 2017 @ 7:59 pm


    Thank you for posting substantial part of Michael Snyder e-mail. Its topic is “End of the American Dream”. It appears to be more specifically about the rift between President Trump and his ardent supporters, who are members of Conservative Caucus. Mr. Snyder reviews the core issue. The Caucus members have refused to vote for Paul Ryan ObamaCare replacement bill, often called ObamaCare Light.

    Why The Caucus members did not want to vote for the ObamaCare Lite? Because their constituents asked them not to.

    I think should Paul Ryan ObamaCare Lite have passed, Trump Agenda would have been in far deeper trouble, than it is now. ObamaCare Lite would have gradually crushed Trump’s movement under the lite weight of Paul Ryan bill.

    Conservative Caucus must be thanked for preventing this to happen.

    The problem is that Priebus and Paul Ryan are not helping the President. They are working against him.

    President Trump has chosen Priebus and Paul Ryan as associates to achieve tactical goals during election time. But Priebus and Paul Ryan have the goal of destroying Pres. Trump and his agenda.

    Paul Ryan work on the ObamaCare Lite demonstrates that Paul Ryan does not fit to be associate of President Trump. This situation is incredibly dangerous. Conservative Caucus is not at fault.

    Many thanks for your post, Starlight.

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