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Heritage Action for America skewers the GOP health care proposal for not being a 'genuine effort'

The conservative advocacy group Heritage Action for America on Tuesday slammed Republicans' health care proposal for not being a "genuine effort." "In many ways, the House Republican proposal released last night not only accepts the flawed progressive premises of ObamaCare but expands upon them," said Heritage Action's chief executive officer, Michael A. Needham.

Many other Republicans have also skewered the bill, with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) saying Tuesday: "This is ObamaCare lite. It will not pass. Conservatives aren't going to take it … It won't work." The conservative advocacy group Club for Growth also slammed the proposal as "RyanCare," writing that "the problems with this bill are not just what's in it, but also what it's missing: Namely, the critical free-market solution of selling health insurance across state lines."

Leading conservative health care reform advocate Avik Roy called the ObamaCare replacement "great" — except for the fact that it will "make coverage unaffordable for millions." Freedom Partners wrote in a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) that "as the bill stands today, it is ObamaCare 2.0. Passing it would be making the same mistake that President Obama, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi made in 2010."

It almost seems as though the bill has only one fan outside of its authors. "Our wonderful new [health care bill] is out now for review and negotiation!" President Trump tweeted.