WASHINGTON — If Tuesday’s conservative American Action Network news conference had been a fight on the school playground, Obamacare would be yelling, “Uncle!”
Conservative lawmakers, think tank experts and policy analysts made clear their opposition to the Affordable Care Act, not-so-affectionately dubbed Obamacare, at the National Press Club event.
The news conference, hosted by American Action Network and Crossroads GPS, came the day before a promised Wednesday House vote on Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s “Repeal Obamacare Act.” He introduced the bill just hours after the Supreme Court ruled that the president’s health care law was constitutional.
“Politicians don’t know what’s best for patients. It is doctors, health care professionals and families who know what’s best for patients,” said Georgia Rep. Thomas Price, a Republican who has 20 years of experience as an orthopedic surgeon.
The American Medical Association and the American College of Physicians support the universal health care law, but Price wasn’t impressed with the groups’ institutional leaders.
“Well, you just need to ask doctors in the field, working every day, and they don’t support the law,” he said. (RELATED: 83 percent of doctors have considered quitting over Obamacare)
While the Cantor repeal vote happens Wednesday, the Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing with testimony from AMA President-Elect Dr. Ardis Dee Hoven concerning the Medicare physician payments.
The AMA released an approving statement after the Supreme Court ruling, saying it “has long supported health insurance coverage for all, and we are pleased that this decision means millions of Americans can look forward to the coverage they need to get healthy and stay healthy.”
That didn’t faze speakers at Tuesday’s event.
“The administration promised to lower the cost of health care and have more people insured. Right now that’s on a crumbling foundation,” said Nina Owcharenko, who runs the conservative Heritage Foundation’s Center for Health Policy Studies.