Ileana Ros-Lehtinen becomes the first Republican to announce that she’ll vote against Obamacare replacement bill. Ileana announced her decision on her official twitter account saying that as written, the bill would leave too many from her district uninsured.
“After studying the impact of this proposed legislation on my district and speaking with many of my constituents, I have decided to vote no on the bill as currently written,” she said in a statement to the Miami Herald. “The bill’s consequences for South Florida are clear: too many of my constituents will lose insurance and there will be fewer funds to help the poor and elderly with their healthcare.”
Ros-Lehtinen’s 27th district, which includes Southeast Miami-Dade County, had the largest number of Obamacare enrollees in the country — about 96,300 — as of January, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated Monday that some 14 million people would lose or drop coverage by 2018 under the proposed American Health Care Act, which has been endorsed by President Donald Trump.
As the White House moves to make conservatives happier by nudging the bill to the right, this smart play from moderates is meant to speak up and make their unhappiness known. Seemingly, the problem in the senate is that no one wants to commit to voting for the bill until they’re certain that it can pass the senate. Sens. Rand Paul and Mike Lee have also criticized the bill but Ros-Lehtinen is unarguably the first Republican to announce a “no” vote.