Former Republican Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska has expressed her dislike of the GOP's new healthcare plan and has given it a nickname.
Palin, in an interview with Breitbart News, dubbed the American Health Care Act "RINO-Care," meaning "Republican in name only," according to The Hill. She said she is not supportive of the new plan, which does not repeal the Affordable Care Act -- also known as Obamacare -- but amends it, and believes Congress should not be allowed to exempt itself from the healthcare law.
“As with anything else mandated by Congress, every single dotted I and crossed T better apply to them, too, and not just the people who they are lording this thing over because remember this is government-controlled health care, the system that requires enrollment in an unaffordable, unsustainable, unwanted, unconstitutional continuation of government-run medicine, and even in this new quasi-reformed proposal, there is still an aspect of socialism," Palin told Breitbart News. "That’s the whole premise here."
Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan introduced the American Heath Care Act on March 6, and it has since received negative feedback from members of the GOP, including Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Mike Lee of Utah.
One issue Palin has with RINO-Care is that it does not remove the mandate that everyone must purchase a health insurance plan. Obamacare levies a tax payable to the government on those who do not purchase health insurance. RINO-Care would require Americans who do not purchase insurance to pay a fee to insurance companies.
“This 30 percent additional fee will be collected by some in the private sector, which will mean politicians are allowed again to pick the winners and losers, and it makes you wonder who’s lobbying hardest for aspects of this new bill because obviously there are special interests involved," Palin said. "Otherwise, certain private sector segments of our economy wouldn’t be rewarded as they will be with this fee, instead of going to the IRS going to private companies."
Palin added that it would be helpful if politicians wore their sponsors on their suits like NASCAR drivers do "so we know what side they’re on and who they’re actually doing their bidding for."
GOP leadership has not revealed the lobbyists involved in drafting the American Health Care Act; Palin thinks the public deserves to know.
“The people want to know with this RINO-Care, we know that it helps Big pharma and big lobbyists who need big government to stay in business," she said. "We want to and have the right to know who’s actually putting pen to paper and writing this because we know the politicians don’t write the laws."
Palin is supportive of the legislators who are against approving RINO-Care quickly because she wants it done right this time. But she still finds mandatory healthcare to be unconstitutional.
"It’s still taxation without representation," Palin said. "It still picks winners and losers because some corporations get to opt out of the requirements that hit everyone else. It still infringes on states’ rights, and it still weaponizes the IRS against Americans who just simply seek freedom and choices and sensibility in their families’ health care. The IRS will be taxing aspects of this without representation because we have no choice. We’re shackled to politicians’ whims and special interests’ bullying interests, which does violate the Constitution, and it actually allows government to have a lien on our health.”
Palin believes President Donald Trump will fix the problems with RINO-Care.
“He will step in and fix it,” she said. “I have great faith that President Trump is one who will fulfill campaign promises ... I’m sure that President Trump is going to do the right thing and listen to all sides, of course, but understand, especially, that as a businessman, he’s going to understand whether this makes sense in his vision of how to grow businesses and how to get government off our back and back on our side."