GOP Lawmaker Cautions Health Care Bill Is Obamacare ‘Tweak’

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — A Republican congressman who campaigned on repealing the Affordable Care Act is cautioning constituents that the House GOP replacement bill is just “a tweak of Obamacare.”

Two-term Iowa Republican Rod Blum indicates that the GOP bill would have gone further if he had his way.

Blum represents a swing district that includes Dubuque and Cedar Rapids. He is among the conservative House Republicans who campaigned angrily against then-President Barack Obama’s signature health law for two years. Last week they accepted a bill they say doesn’t undo enough of the 2010 law.

Blum and others are understating the impact of the bill that, if enacted, could drop millions from their insurance by next year.

A Quinnipiac University poll finds only 21 percent of voters approve of the House-passed bill.

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