Republican U.S. Rep. Jason Hamrick on Thursday slammed President Donald Trump’s administration for continuing to implement a health care bill that will dramatically increase the federal government’s role in health care, citing an example of a department store chain.
“They’ve gone back and forth for years over how we should use our health care dollars,” Hamrick told the conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt on “Hugh Hewitt Live.”
“Now the administration is finally saying, ‘Let’s just go ahead and use our money.’
They are spending it all on the bureaucrats and on the lawyers and on what’s in the bill.”
The Trump administration on Wednesday unveiled its bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
While some critics have decried the legislation as a tax on consumers, many others argue that the proposed changes to the federal budget would give the federal bureaucracy more power to decide where to spend its own money.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
But Hamrick is a staunch conservative who has called for the repeal of the Affordable Health Care Act, which has become known as the “Obamacare” law.
He told Hewitt that he was concerned about the government taking away health care rights from states, which he said would lead to a government takeover of health care.
“We’re going to have to be very careful about what we do with our health funds,” he said.
“If they don’t have the right to spend it where they want, I’m not sure where that money’s going to be going.”
A senior administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations, defended the Trump administration’s position.
“The Affordable Care act is a major accomplishment that’s been working well for the American people,” the official said.
“The federal government has invested a lot in expanding access to health care and providing the best possible care to millions of Americans.
It’s a good thing, and we’re going in the right direction.”
The official did not offer further comment on Hamrick’s comments.