Noem Says Some Chose To ‘Push Liberty To The Side’ In Health Care Bill Withdrawal

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Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD) is disappointed about the health care bill being pulled from the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday. 

“I am deeply disappointed some chose to push liberty to the side, but our fight is not over,” Noem said in a statement. 

The GOP’s answer to repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act came to an end, at least for now, on Friday. The Speaker of the House withdrew the legislation after the Republican party couldn’t come together to pass it. 

Noem is on the House Ways and Means Committee, was a supporter of the bill and worked to attempt to push this legislation through. 

Starting hour 11 of our committee hearing on the American Healthcare Act – where we start the process to repeal and replace Obamacare. #waysandmeans #healthcare

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“I will continue to fight alongside President Trump to give South Dakotans from all walks of life greater freedom and independence,” Noem said. 

Earlier Friday President Donald Trump said “we were very close,” and tried to blame the Democratic Party. 

Trump also is predicting the Affordable Care Act will soon implode. 

The South Dakota Democratic Party released a statement calling this a victory for the healthcare of South Dakota families and placing blame on South Dakota’s lone U.S. Representative. 

“This is an embarrassing defeat for Kristi Noem and her friends in the political establishment,” the party said in a statement. 

Up until Ryan pulled the bill, Sen. John Thune was confident Trump’s plan would move forward.  

“I think the big failing in Obamacare was that the federal government tried to define in law, what health care insurance coverage is,” Thune said in an interview with KELOLAND News. “So basically, you have a plan that has to do this, this and this.  A lot of people are saying I don’t want that plan.  I don’t need that plan.  It used to be that you had more options.”

Full Noem Statement: 

“Under Obamacare, families have been forced to purchase coverage the Obama administration mandated they have, even if it defied their own judgment or budgetary constraints.  It’s unacceptable and the federal government should have never been given that kind of authority.  Today, we were given a choice: keep Obamacare or advance freedom’s cause.  I am deeply disappointed some chose to push liberty to the side, but our fight is not over.  I will continue to fight alongside President Trump to give South Dakotans from all walks of life greater freedom and independence.”

Full SD Democrats Statement: 

“This is an embarrassing defeat for Kristi Noem and her friends in the political establishment. It raises serious questions about Rep. Noem’s leadership – if she can’t pass a priority bill like this that she helped write through the House with her party having a sizable majority, how can she meet the challenges she would face as governor?”

“At the same time, this is a victory for the healthcare of South Dakota families who would have lost their health care or been forced to buy substandard insurance that didn’t even cover essential services like pregnancy, maternity, and newborn care, preventative and wellness services, and prescription drugs. We hope today’s defeat teaches Kristi Noem and her fellow Washington Republicans a lesson – instead of rushing a bill through Congress which throws tens of millions of our neighbors off of their healthcare to give tax breaks to the wealthy, they should work across the aisle to find real solutions to the challenges facing our healthcare system which help improve affordability and coverage for all South Dakotans.”

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